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Man City ace Milner almost lost to English cricket

Manchester City star James Milner admits he was almost lost to cricket.

In another life, he could be contemplating becoming the long-term successor to Andrew Flintoff this weekend if he had decided to develop his talent for cricket.

"I enjoyed playing cricket as a boy and played for Yorkshire at the ages of 10 and 11 as a wicketkeeper and batsman," he said.

"You get to a stage where you have to make a choice. I think it was always going to be football for me.

"I stopped playing cricket at 15 or 16 when I moved full time to the Leeds United Academy. They couldn't take the risk of me getting injured playing cricket, having my foot broken by a Yorker or something like that!

"A couple of months later I made my Leeds debut. I can't risk playing cricket now but when I retire, I'll look forward to playing again then."

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