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banner Thursday, 11 October, 2001, 07:57 GMT 08:57 UK
Euro goal king Cole
Andy Cole celebrates his goal against Olympiakos
Number one: Cole celebrates with Keane and Giggs
Andy Cole has been crowned England's European goal king after bagging another Champions League strike for Manchester United.

Cole's effort not only sealed United's 2-0 win over Olympiakos in Athens on Wednesday, it also made him the highest-scoring Englishman in the history of European club football.

Cole, who celebrates his 30th birthday on Monday, scored three minutes after coming on as a 79th-minute substitute to take his tally to 23 goals.

That passed the tally of fellow United man Bobby Charlton and Tottenham Hotspur's Martin Chivers, both of whom scored 22 goals.

  Cole in profile
Born: Nottingham, 15 October 1971
Height: 5ft 10in
Weight: 12st 4lb
Internationals: 14 caps, 1 goal
Man Utd apps (1995-2001): 269
Man Utd goals: 120
Total European goals: 23

Cole was bitten by the European bug when at Newcastle, scoring a hat-trick in a 5-2 Uefa Cup victory over Antwerp in 1994 and another in the next round against Athletic Bilbao.

He moved to Old Trafford for a then record 6.25m in January 1995 and has racked up a further 19 Champions League goals.

Bobby Charlton's goals came in United's previous golden era and helped them to win the 1968 European Cup, when he scored twice in the 4-1 final victory over Benfica.

He also scored 49 in 106 internationals for England

Chivers scored his goals for Spurs in three prolific Uefa Cup seasons from 1971 to 1974.

The England striker scored eight in 11 games in the 1971-72 season as Spurs lifted the trophy.

He struck eight from 10 the following season and another six in 11 as Spurs lost in the 1974 final.

Cole's latest achievement is a further dent to critics who claim he is just short of the class needed at the game's top level.

Former Tottenham and England striker Martin Chivers
Chivers: Sent shivers down defenders' spines

He first came to prominence when winning the European Golden Boot award in 1993/94 after hitting 34 league goals for Newcastle United.

The emerging young star played 83 times for the Magpies, and scored 68 goals, an 81 per cent goals-to-games ratio.

Following his move to Manchester, he won the league and FA Cup double in his first full season with the club.

He bounced back from breaking both legs to win the league again the following season.

Despite hitting 25 goals in the next campaign, he was left out of England's 1998 World Cup squad.

But his pace and predator's eye for goal was an important factor in United's treble success.

And despite failing to shine at international level, with just one goal for England, he continues to reward the faith of club boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

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