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Johnson's career in photos

Martin Johnson poses for a photo prior to the Five Nations Championship in 1993

Martin Johnson makes his senior England debut at the age of 22 as a late replacement for Wade Dooley against France in January 1993

Martin Johnson storms through the Welsh defence during the Five Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park in February 1995

The giant lock soon becomes a regular in the England side and enjoys Grand Slam success in the 1995 Five Nations campaign

Martin Johnson holds the Five Nations Trophy and the Calcutta Cup at a function to celebrate England's Grand Slam in 1995

The Five Nations Grand Slam win in 1995 sees Johnson pick up his first silverware within the England set-up

Johnson catches the ball in the line-out during the Pilkington Cup final against Sale in May 1997

He is appointed Leicester club captain in 1997 and leads the Tigers to Pilkington Cup victory over Sale at Twickenham that year

Lions captain Johnson holds aloft the trophy after winning the three-match series against South Africa

The summer of 1997 sees him lead from the front, captaining the Lions to a memorable 2-1 series victory in South Africa

Johnson gets to his feet during the Rugby World Cup against Tonga in 1999

"Johnno" is made England captain in June 1999, but his side suffer a 44-21 World Cup quarter-final defeat to South Africa in October

Leicester coach Dean Richards and captain Johnson celebrate victory after the Heineken Cup Final 2001

In May 2001 he captains Leicester to their first Heineken Cup win with a thrilling 34-30 victory over Stade Francais

A dissapointed Lions captain Martin Johnson after the third and final Test held at Stadium Australia

Later in the summer of 2001 Johnson becomes the first player ever to skipper two Lions tours, but the team lose the series 2-1 in Australia

Johnson celebrates after England clinch the 2003 Six Nations Grand Slam in Dublin

With Johnson firmly at the helm, England clinch the 2003 Six Nations Grand Slam after an emphatic 42-6 victory in Ireland

Martin Johnson charges forward during the clash against New Zealand in Wellington

Johnson is at his rampaging best as England seal their first win against the All Blacks on New Zealand soil for 30 years

England captain Martin Johnson poses with the Cook Cup

A week after the success in Wellington, Johnson produces a colossal display as England beat Australia 25-14 in Melbourne

Johnson lifts the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Sydney after victory over Australia

His playing career reaches its pinnacle with a dramatic 20-17 win over hosts Australia in the 2003 World Cup final in Sydney

Martin Johnson and wife Kay receive his CBE at Buckingham Palace

Johnson picks up awards away from the pitch as he gains the CBE in 2004 for services to rugby, adding to the OBE he already held

Johnson waves farewell to the Leicester fans after playing his final match for the club

Johnson's playing career ends in April 2005 after 16 years at Welford Road a period in which he captained England 39 times in his 84 Tests

Martin Johnson pictured in 2007

A new and unfamiliar challenge awaits as the inspirational Johnson is named England's new team manager on 16 April 2008

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