Jonny Wilkinson plays down Lions call-up

Wilkinson plays down Lions call-up
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Jonny Wilkinson says that he is not expecting to be named in the upcoming British and Irish Lions squad.

Former England international Jonny Wilkinson has moved to calm speculation that has linked him with a spot in the British and Irish Lions squad this summer.

The 33-year-old's form for French club Toulon this season has resulted in some pundits suggesting that he should be part of Warren Gatland's party.

However, Wilkinson has insisted that the time is right for some younger players to be given the opportunity.

"As I've said before, it's now about young guys taking the game forward, who are playing Test matches," he said. "If I answer the question it gives the wrong message.

"As far as I'm concerned, I'm like the guy in the armchair, wishing I could be on the Lions tour. But there's no need for me to be there with these guys around. I have nothing but respect for [Gatland] and I hope they have a magic tour."

Wilkinson has made six appearances for the Lions.

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