Andrew Sheridan admits comeback in an England shirt unlikely

Toulon prop Andrew Sheridan doubts he will get a call up to the British & Irish Lions or England squad

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Stuart Lancaster hasn't picked Andrew Sheridan since taking charge Photo: The Sport Review

Andrew Sheridan believes he is unlikely to return to the international scene, with the Toulon star not expecting a British & Irish Lions or England call-up.

The 33-year-old has been reinvigorated by his move to south of France, putting his injury days behind him and clocking up nearly 30 matches this season.

But despite helping Toulon to a Heineken Cup semi-final against Saracens on Sunday, Sheridan accepts his days of running out at Twickenham in an England shirt are over, with youngsters Joe Marler and Mako Vunipola filling the loosehead jersey during the Six Nations.

“You have your time on the international front and you move on,” Sheridan told the Telegraph. “There’s no point stewing over it. Even if I hadn’t come here, there was a sense that England wanted to look to the future, and rightly so.”

England have tried a number of loosehead props since Sheridan’s last appearance during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, which saw him depart the tournament early with a dislocated shoulder.

Alex Corbisiero appeared to have made the position his own, but his own injury problems opened the door for Harlequins’ Marler and Vunipola of Saracens, who both impressed in spurts during the Six Nations.

But despite rediscovering his mojo and regaining his fitness in warmer climes – keeping Toulon in contention with a domestic and European double – Sheridan doesn’t expect to add to his England caps or win selection for a third British & Irish Lions tour after his 2005 and 2009 jaunts.

“The Lions is not on the agenda,” added Sheridan.

“It was a great honour, too, to go on two Lions tours but those days are behind me. I really hope they go well in Australia but it’s something that I’ll not be part of.

“I came here to play and to contribute, not to put my feet up. I can understand how people viewed me – he’s past it, seen better days, all washed up. It was a fact, not an opinion. I didn’t play much.

“The lifestyle here is very good. It’s not as if the rugby is any less attritional because it certainly is not. I’m thoroughly enjoying my time. It was well worth coming here.”

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