Thursday, October 21, 1999 Published at 16:48 GMT 17:48 UK
Guscott announces retirement
Jeremy Guscott struggles to cope with the injury against Italy in the World Cup
England centre Jeremy Guscott has quit international rugby after failing to shake off a groin injury.
"This is one of the saddest days of my life because I have finally had to accept I've played my last match for England," said the 34-year-old, who won 60 caps.
"A lot of hard work was put in to get into peak condition for the World Cup but sadly to no avail."
Guscott intends to continue playing for Bath and he will remain with the England squad during the rest of the World Cup campaign.
But he said he had to face up to the injury. "As soon as I start sprinting then the pain starts - and it has reached a stage where it is a mental problem as well as physical."
Guscott aggravated the injury during England's World Cup warm-up match against Canada.
Writing in The Express, he said: "When something like this is in your mind all the time then you can't do yourself or the team justice.
"The papers which signal the end and enable England to bring in a replacement have already been signed."
Guscott made up his mind and told England coach Clive Woodward immediately after scoring the last two of his 30 international tries against Tonga last week.
"It did settle down a bit, but nowhere near as much as it needed so the decision had to be taken.
"I have always been a believer in fate and think what has happened is for a reason."
Woodward is now set to announce a replacement to the squad.
England take on South Africa in the quarter-final in Paris on Sunday.