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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 November, 2003, 10:31 GMT
Johnson set to play on
Martin Johnson
Johnson is likely to lead England's Six Nations challenge
England's World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson says he has no plans to retire from international rugby.

The 33-year-old spoke after the England team returned to a heroes' welcome at Heathrow Airport in the early hours of Tuesday.

"I am not thinking about retiring at the moment. When you have just won the World Cup it is not the time to make that decision," he said.

"You never want to leave playing for England, especially if you win.

"There are a lot of emotions. Players have to make the decision for themselves and I will do that when the time is right."

Johnson admitted he was amazed at the fans' reception for the players at Heathrow.

"It was just incredible. Once we got on the bus, we had to wait there for half-an-hour surrounded by fans.

"It was fantastic. I never expected anything like it at all.

"It's a strange feeling, to do it out there and then come back to this, it's just all sinking in."

The World Cup victory means Johnson has won just about every honour the game has to offer.

The two-time Lions captain won two European Cups and four English Championship titles with his club Leicester, and he led England to the Six Nations Grand Slam this year.

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