Joe Marler will avoid disciplinary action from the Rugby Football Union (RFU) following his comments that suggested he tried to get banned to avoid England duty, according to Sky Sports.
The Harlequins prop, who said his retirement was due to a desire to spend more time with his family, later sought to clarify his comments on Twitter.
He wrote: “I would like to clarify my comments on The Rugby Pod this morning that have been taken out of context. I have never deliberately done anything on a rugby pitch – or off it – to get a ban.
“I was simply reflecting on my occasional irrational behaviour when England camps were looming and trying to understand my actions a little bit better.”
It had been suggested that the comments would lead to a punishment for the Harlequins prop, but a source has told Sky Sports News that is unlikely.