Former England and Manchester United football player Phil Neville has said that choosing between cricket and football was the hardest decision for him. As a youngster, Neville played for Lancashire’s second XI and was the England Under-15 captain.

 

Speaking about his days spent playing cricket, Neville said, “It was amazing. We played a Test match. We played a Test series against Barbados and we were away from home for four weeks. It was the best four weeks of my life. The social side of it was amazing. I played the first and third Test. I had to miss the second as I had to go for football trials.”

 

Neville also spoke about how he was inspired by Matthew Hayden‘s fearlessness. “My hero was actually Matthew Hayden. I opened the batting with him in Greenmount. He was just sensational. Mark Taylor also taught me about cricket. Hayden was fearless, he just went out there and smashed everything.”