HE is the most hated footballer in Britain, one of a team of World Cup flops who let down a nation - and his teachers didn't think much of him either.
The Sun has seen Ashley Cole's old school report cards after they were saved from a bin by a caretaker.
Dating from 1993 to 1997, they document how staff despaired of the youngster, despite his early sporting prowess.
The reports and letters reveal Cole was:
RUDE and confrontational, telling teachers to "f*** off".
SUSPENDED for violent behaviour and kicked out of lessons for fighting.
DISRUPTIVE, easily-led, inattentive and desperate to show off to classmates.
the whole article's pretty overblown and long but highlights include
One was shocked when, at 14, Cole launched into an expletive-filled rant during a religious studies test. A note to a senior colleague says: "When he asked me if he had a zero for the exam for talking I told him he was correct.
"He retorted, 'Oh f***ing hell' and when I said, 'pardon' he looked at me and repeated it slowly, 'I - said - f***ing - hell'. He then said, 'f*** off' and left the classroom."
In 1997 his maths tutor wrote: "Ashley can be talkative, inattentive and sometimes easily distracted." His form tutor added: "His attitude to work and effort must be drastically improved."