Jonny Wilkinson Retires From International Rugby (PICTURES)

PICTURES: Jonny Wilkinson Announces Retirement From International Rugby

Jonny Wilkinson, England’s fly-half for more than a decade, has retired from international rugby.

The 32-year-old, who kicked the winning drop-goal in the World Cup final in 2003, announced his decision in a statement released on his website.

In a sensational career, the Toulon player pulled on the white shirt of England 91 times. He remains the country’s all-time leading scorer with 1,179 points and is the all-time leading World Cup scorer with 277 points.

"I would like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement from international rugby," said Wilkinson.

"To do so fills me with great sadness, but I know I have been blessed in so many ways to have experienced what I have with the England rugby team."

On hearing of Wilkinson's retirement, sporting luminaries took to Twitter to pass comment:

On England duty, Wilkinson scores six tries, 239 penalties and 162 conversions.

"To say I have played through four World Cups, two Lions tours, 91 international games and a ridiculous number of injuries and other setbacks gives me an incredibly special feeling of fulfilment," he stated.

"But by now I know myself well enough to know that I will never truly be satisfied. It goes without saying that I would like to wish Stuart Lancaster, his coaches and the England Squad every bit of success available to them.”

Here's a look at the career of England's former fly-half:


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