Leicester fly-half Toby Flood is considering effectively ending his England career by moving abroad.

The 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a move to Jonny Wilkinson's Toulon.

Such a switch would likely rule him out of international contention, but having been reduced to an understudy role of late Flood concedes he is left with a difficult decision.

"I would never leave Leicester for another English club but I know I have to make up my mind as it affects other people and their livelihoods," he was quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph.

"I have spoken to Stuart [Lancaster, England coach] and tried to be as open and honest as I can be. But, no, I haven't been on the phone yet to Jonny.

"I imagine a move [overseas] would probably rule me out of England. For me, it is no longer about whether a move might further my career.

"It is about where I feel comfortable, about who I enjoy hanging out with and where I'm living."

Leicester have reportedly given Flood a month to make up his mind.

Meanwhile, former England loosehead prop Andrew Sheridan may be forced to retire because of a neck injury, Toulon coach Bernard Laporte has warned.

Sheridan, who played in the 2007 World Cup final and toured with the British and Irish Lions two years later, has a long-standing issue in the neck/shoulder area and suffered a fresh setback during Toulon's Top 14 match against Perpignan last month.

Now Laporte has revealed that the 34-year-old former Sale player has been ordered to rest for four weeks, after which doctors will assess whether he can return or have to retire.

"He has always had a problem between his neck and his shoulder," Laporte told French radio station RMC.

"The surgeon has told him it's not necessary to have a new operation.

"He will now have a month of complete rest and, if the pain does not go away, he will have to stop playing."