Everton captain Phil Neville is planning a cricketing return once he hangs up the boots.

Neville - who played alongside Andrew Flintoff in Lancashire's youth set-up and was a good enough cricketer to play for the county's second XI aged 15 - said when his football career is up he will join Bury-based local-league club Greenmount, for whom he played as a junior.

He told the Bolton News: "One hundred per cent, I will play cricket again in a couple of years time if my career ends.

"That is the first thing I am going to do; I am going to get back doing something I love.

"People sometimes fear retirement but I am looking forward to it because I can go and do something I love."