Footballer loses out at auction

Ashley Cole bid up to £5,000 to go on a date with 25-year-old singer Ellie Goulding on Sunday – but he lost out to a businessman.

The 31-year-old Chelsea player, who was married to singer Cheryl Cole, 28, until September 2010, put his money on the table at the England Footballers Foundation Lions And Roses charity dinner in London.

The event, which was organised by the England stars, took place at The Brewery and raised an estimated £250,000 for Help For Heroes and Cancer Research.

Ashley‘s team mate John Terry, 31, paid £16,000 to go out for lunch with JLS.

‘Cancer research went in tonight!!thanks for John terry for helping to raise over 30k on a JLS lot!excellent work!!Jx,’ Tweeted JLS.

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