Andrew Sheridan: Injury forces former England prop to retire

Andrew Sheridan takes part in England scrummaging practice alongside Steve Thompson and Dan Cole
At 6ft 5in, former England loose-head Sheridan was very tall for a prop

Former England and Lions prop Andrew Sheridan has been forced to retire because of a neck injury.

The 34-year-old was injured while playing for Toulon and underwent a subsequent operation in February.

Sheridan, who won the last of his 40 England caps at the 2011 World Cup, was a cornerstone of the England team who reached the 2007 World Cup final.

The loose-head twice toured with the British and Irish Lions and won the Heineken Cup with Toulon in 2013.

Andrew Sheridan's career in review
Position: Loose-head propHeight: 6ft 5in (1.95m)
International honours: England (40 caps), 2007 World Cup runner-up, Lions (2 caps)Weight: 20st 2lb (128kg)
Clubs: Richmond (1998-99), Bristol (1999-2003), Sale (2003-12), Toulon (2012-1014)Club honours: 2005 European Challenge Cup, 2006 English Premiership, 2013 Heineken Cup

The 6ft 5in, 20-stone forward made his England debut against Canada in 2004 and went on to feature in all seven games during the 2007 World Cup campaign, which ended in a 15-6 defeat by South Africa in the final.

He was selected for the 2011 World Cup but a shoulder injury suffered in the opening match against Argentina prematurely ended his participation in the tournament.

The former Sale Sharks forward has said he will now start a new career in the wine trade.

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