Andrew Sheridan: Injury forces former England prop to retire
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 prop||Height: 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.