England international Foden to leave Northampton

London (AFP) –


England rugby union international Ben Foden is to leave Northampton at the end of the season, the Premiership club announced on Thursday.

The full-back or wing, who won 34 caps between 2009 and 2013, is set to make his 250th Northampton appearance when Saints tackle Worcester on Saturday.

"I have enjoyed some incredible highs at this club over the last 10 years, winning trophies both in this country and across Europe," Foden said in a statement released by the club.

"I still feel fit and hungry for competitive rugby and while now is the time to move on I am really excited for what the next chapter holds in store for me."

Foden, 32, joined Northampton from Sale in 2008, and Saints interim head coach Alan Dickens said he had been a "remarkable player" for Northampton and England.

"We will miss having him around Franklin's Gardens, both in terms of what he offers on the pitch as a player and a leader, but also as a character in the dressing room," he said.