Joe Cole factfile
Liverpool midfielder set to return to former club West Ham
Thursday 03 January 2013
Joe Cole appears set to return to where it all began at West Ham. Here, we take a closer look at the former England international
1981: Born Camden, November 8.
1998: Signs professional forms with West Ham.
1999: January - Makes first-team debut in FA Cup tie with Swansea at Upton Park.
May - Helps the Hammers win the FA Youth Cup with two-legged final win over Coventry.
November - Scores first goal for first team in League Cup.
2000: September - Called up to the England squad for a friendly against France in Paris, but fails to play.
2001: February 12 - Scores eight minutes from time in 1-1 Premiership draw with Coventry.
May 25 - Makes England debut as a substitute in 4-0 win over Mexico at Pride Park.
2002: June - Selected in England's World Cup squad. Makes one appearance, as a substitute in the 1-1 draw with Sweden.
2003: June 3 - Scores first goals for England in 2-1 win over Serbia and Montenegro at Leicester.
August 5 - Completes £6.6million move to Chelsea.
2004: June 2 - Named in England's Euro 2004 squad, but fails to make an appearance in Portugal.
2005: February 27 - Starts Carling Cup final win over Liverpool.
May - Wins Premier League with Chelsea having scored eight goals during the season.
September 3 - Scores the only goal as England beat Wales in a World Cup qualifier.
2006: April - Named in the PFA team of the year.
May - Wins Premier League for the second time, again scoring eight goals.
May 8 - Named in England's 23-man squad for 2006 World Cup in Germany.
June 20 - Scores a spectacular goal as England beat Sweden to reach the last 16.
July 1 - Substituted in the quarter-final against Portugal following Wayne Rooney's dismissal.
2007: January - Undergoes surgery on a stress fracture in his foot.
May 19 - Plays the first half of Chelsea's FA Cup final victory over Manchester United.
2008: May - Receives Chelsea player of the year award having scored 10 goals in all competitions.
2009: January 14 - Suffers cruciate knee ligament damage, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
2010: April 3 - Scores opening goal at Old Trafford with a clever backheel as Chelsea earn crucial 2-1 win en route to Barclays Premier League title.
June 27 - Comes on for half an hour as England crash out of the World Cup in the last 16 with a 4-1 defeat to Germany.
July 19 - Signs for Liverpool on a four-year contract.
August 15 - Sent off on his league debut for the club against Arsenal.
2011: August 31 - Joins Lille on a season-long loan, going on to score nine goals in 42 appearances for the French club.
2013: January 3 - Understood to be having a medical ahead of a return to West Ham.
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