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Lewsey's England career in photos

England back Josh Lewsey

A youthful-looking Lewsey is named in England Under-21's development squad in 1997/98, after coming through at Bristol

Lewsey is tackled by Josh Kronfeld in the second Test at Eden Park, Auckland

Lewsey wins his first caps at centre and fly-half on the 1998 'Tour of Hell' as an under-strength England are thrashed by New Zealand

Lewsey on his way to scoring one of his two tries against Canada in 2001

Lewsey has to wait three years before appearing for England again, scoring two tries on his return against Canada in 2001

Lewsey is caught by the Cook Islands defence at the 2002 Commonwealth Games

Lewsey, who graduates from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2001, plays in the Commonwealth Games sevens competition in 2002

Lewsey scores at Twickenham

Lewsey emerges from the Test wilderness to score twice on his home debut against Italy in 2003, putting himself in World Cup contention

Lewsey lifts the Webb Ellis trophy

Lewsey makes the full-back jersey his own, scoring five tries against Uruguay en route to helping England win the World Cup

Lewsey (R) and Wasps team-mate Lawrence Dallaglio

Lewsey is part of an England squad given a heroes' reception by thousands of cheering fans on an open-top bus tour of London

Lewsey with his MBE in 2004

The players receive MBEs, and Lewsey continues to impress in the next two years despite the slump in English fortunes

Lewsey produces his try-saving tackle on South Africa centre Jean De Villiers in the 23-21 win at Twickenham

His try-saving hit on Jean de Villiers in 2006 is labelled "probably the best tackle ever seen at Twickenham" by defence coach Mike Ford

Lewsey scores against France in the 2007 World Cup semi-final

Picked for a second World Cup, Lewsey shows his strength to claim the vital try in England's semi-final victory over France

Lewsey hobbles off injured at the Stade de France

But Lewsey injures his hamstring in the same game and receives the heartbreaking news that he will miss the final against South Africa

Josh Lewsey trains with England in Bagshot this autumn

Lewsey is left out of the 2008 Six Nations squad and although recalled to the elite squad, fails to feature in the autumn Tests

England sings the national anthem in the match against Argentina in 2006

On 10 December 2008, after 55 caps and 22 tries, Owen Joshua Lewsey decides to call time on his England career at the age of 32

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