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Ashley Cole struggles to pronounce team names in Europa League draw

Ashley Cole drew the attention of social media after mispronouncing several team names during the 2019/20 Europa League draw.

Cole, who won the competition in 2013 with Chelsea, helped draw the groups for this season’s competition, but struggled to pronounce certain team names.

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Stade Rennais and Espanyol both tripped the recently retired left-back up, but he was reassured by the host, who said: “Don’t worry Ashley, it’s OK, we’ve understood.”

Cole then broke out into a smile when faced with reading Istanbul Basaksehir from the card. “That’s a challenge, I know,” said the host.

Former Celtic and Scotland forward Simon Donnelly enjoyed Cole’s efforts, tweeting: “Brilliant” with three laughing emojis.

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BBC DJ Nick Bright meanwhile tweeted: “Espanyol isn’t even hard.”

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Cole himself later tweeted: “Well that was fun.”

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Cole announced his retirement on Sky Sports earlier in August – he won 13 major titles during his 20-year career, including the 2012 Champions League with Chelsea, three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.