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Everton skipper Neville reveals he almost hung up boots last season

Everton captain Phil Neville has revealed he seriously considered retirement at the start of last season.

He admits his optimism regarding his ongoing fitness is a far cry from the early weeks of the 2010/11 campaign. The 34-year-old even considered quitting football after an early season injury left him unsure about whether he could continue playing at the highest level.

"From a personal point of view it's been one of most enjoyable seasons. But at the start of the season, and particularly after the Blackburn game, when you come back from injury you question yourself," he told evertontv.

"I was questioning myself whether I was good enough to be a footballer again, I was contemplating retirement at the time but the manager told me to snap out of it and so did my family and I've had a great season.

"I've personally enjoyed it more than any other one, I feel as fit as I ever have and from the start of the season where I though it might be my last I'm now thinking I want to continue for as long as possible and at least the next two seasons - hopefully at Everton."

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