England wing Jonny May announces retirement from international rugby

Jonny May has  scored 36 tries in 78 Tests for England
Jonny May has scored 36 tries in 78 Tests for England

England wing Jonny May has announced his decision to retire from international rugby with immediate effect.

The 33-year-old was not part of the initial World Cup squad named by Steve Borthwick but was recalled as a replacement for injured Anthony Watson. He started for England in five out of the seven matches in the tournament including the semi-final against South Africa.

May made his England debut in 2013 and has scored 36 tries from 78 Tests. He also holds the second position in all-time try scoring list of England behind Rory Underwood. He also was part of the England squad that won two Six Nations in 2017 and 2020 apart from being the finalist in the 2019 World Cup where they were defeated by the eventual champions Springboks.

"Words can't describe the journey that I've been on so I won't try to put it into words. At this point in time all I want to say from the bottom of my heart is a huge thank you to everybody who has been a part of this journey with me.

"I really can't mention them all, the list is too long, but from my very first coaches and teachers to all the medical and training staff that have helped me along the way.

"A big special mention to my England team mates, guys who have lived every moment with me. I've made memories and friends for life. And quickly, just to mention one in particular, George Ford. Thank you mate.

"Another special thank you - a huge thank you - to the England fans. The ones at Twickenham, the ones who have made all this come to life for me. It's been incredible.

"It's an honour and a dream to represent my country and although I won't be out there on the pitch anymore physically I will always feel connected to this team in spirit. Thank you."