Ashley Young My Defence: Winning, losing, scandals and the drama of Germany 2006
His phenomenal skill on the pitch and the controversy which has plagued him off it have made Ashley Cole one of the most talked-about players in recent years. Here, from inside the England dressing room, he tells the full story of their bid for World Cup glory in 2006.But this is alsomuch more than a World Cup diary. Cole talks openly about the 2005 ‘tapping up’ scandal, when he was fined GBP100,000 by the FA following a meeting with Chelsea’s Mourinho and Kenyon in a hotel room, and the media storm that followed. He reveals the ups and downs ofhis 2005 season at Arsenal, the last at Highbury before the move to a new stadium, and his struggles with injuries and form. And he also, of course, discusses his relationship with Girls Aloud’s Cheryl Tweedy and the run-up to their wedding just after the World Cup.