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When he was rising up through the ranks, Joe Cole was heralded as the most technically gifted player in a generation of English players that included the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

And, although he perhaps never quite hit the heights expected of him, he did produce some truly stunning individual moments of brilliance whilst playing for the likes of West Ham, Chelsea, Liverpool and England. 

Now at the age of 34 and plying his trade in the North American Soccer League (NASL), you might think those skills and wonder strikes were a thing of the past. That doesn't appear to be the case judging by a truly incredible goal Cole scored for the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Wednesday.

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Cole joined the Rowdies team back in May 2016 and things have been going pretty well for him even if he has had to drop to a comparatively low level of football after his previous success. , 

Even before his wonder goal yesterday, the former England international had been nominated for the NASL Player of the Year award.

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And his cause will surely have been helped by his strike - from fully 25-30 yards out - against Indy Eleven. 

Without any context, you'd think that was a Joe Cole strike from back in his pomp with West Ham or Chelsea. Indeed, few goalkeepers in the Premier League today would have been able to keep the veteran's screamer from hitting the back of the net.

Of course, when you're talking about a man who scored one of England's greatest ever tournament goals - an incredible volley against Sweden at World Cup 2006 - his latest goal has some competition to rank as the best of his career.

Nevertheless, Cole deserves credit for still being able to stun fans at the tail end of his career.

Moreover, considering the woes the current England squad is going through right now, it will remind fans of the national team just what a player of Cole's technical quality can bring to a team.

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