Ashley receives plenty of attention from the California Girls on a guys' holiday in LA

Putting his World Cup woes and his failed marriage behind him, Ashley Cole smiles broadly as he enjoys a break in America.

The England player – who is in the midst of divorce proceedings from pop star wife Cheryl - travelled to Los Angeles this week with a group of friends, including team-mate Shaun Wright-Phillips, and hit the social scene.

As the lads were pictured leaving the Guys And Dolls Lounge in West Hollywood they appeared to have had considerable success connecting with the local ladies. They were surrounded by attractive young women.

The next day the fun continued as the posse and their new female friends attended a day-long beach party, celebrating American independence, before taking to the streets for a rickshaw ride.

While Ashley has been doing his best to forget England's 4-1 defeat by Germany, his estranged wife Cheryl also has her own difficulties.

The singer has been ordered to take a break following a fainting incident and her spokesperson has confirmed she has malaria.