JONNY WILKINSON, the man with the golden boot, quietly and without fanfare called an end to his glittering England rugby career last night. After more than a decade as the guy who set the standard for all English sport, not just his own, Wilkinson slipped without fuss into international retirement. “To do so fills me with great sadness,” admitted the World Cup winner and national treasure, a man who behaved impeccably from start to finish. “But I know that I have been blessed in so many ways to have experienced what I have with the England rugby team” On his watch, England won a Grand Slam, four Six Nations titles and, unforgettably, the 2003 World Cup final, when he dropped for glory as time ran out. “I never ever believed that I would be able to give up on this dream which has driven me to live, breathe, love and embrace the game of rugby from the earliest days that I can remember,” he said. “Playing the game, representing the team, giving my all and never letting go has meant everything to me. “I do, have done and always will believe that I am very capable of performing and thriving… Read full this story
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