Jonny Wilkinson "would love" England coaching role

Toulon's Jonny Wilkinson is tackled by Glasgow Warriors' Henry Pyrgos during their Heineken Cup match on January 18, 2014
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World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson admits that he would "love" to take a coaching role in the England setup after he retires from playing at the end of the season.

Jonny Wilkinson has revealed that he would be interested in joining the England coaching team after announcing that he will retire from playing at the end of the season.

The World Cup-winning fly-half confirmed on Monday that he will be hanging up his boots after representing Toulon in the Heineken Cup and Top 14 finals.

Wilkinson is already planning for life after his playing days and has set his sights on moving into coaching, admitting that a role in Stuart Lancaster's England setup would be a perfect position for him as he aims to help build future international stars.

"I see so much potential around in so many players. I see so many making such huge sacrifices for their teams and really testing themselves," Wilkinson told reporters.

"If I can help make a difference - even if it's only a small percentage - then it all comes around. If you can give people the evidence that they deserve to be confident then it can add to performance.

"I would love to be able to do that. With England? Of course, that would be amazing. But at the same time, if I can work with just one person and have a positive effect, that's good enough to begin with."

Only New Zealand's Dan Carter has scored more international points than Wilkinson's tally of 1,179.

Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach looks on during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
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