He said: “It’s no secret that I’m heading towards the latter part of my career and after picking up untimely knocks over the last couple of years, I feel it is time for me to focus on my club.
“It will allow me more time to rest up and recover before taking part in a full pre-season, something I haven’t done since 2002, and hit the ground running in 2014.
“It’s been something I’ve been thinking about for a long time and it’s been a very tough call to make as I was always very proud to represent England and it will be extremely disappointing to miss the World Cup.
He missed the start of the campaign after picking up an injury in the warm-up to the first game of the season against the Rhinos.
“The standards of his performances with Wests Tigers demonstrated that England players are among the best in the world and though he has had a difficult season with injury I have no doubts that he has lots to offer Hull FC in the years to come.
“We fully understand the reasons behind his decision and wish him all the very best for the future.”