Noel Gallagher thinks he is as successful as Robbie Williams.

The singer and guitarist launched his High Flying Birds solo project last year and his self-titled debut became the second highest selling album of 2011, which he thinks makes him one of the most successful UK solo stars since Robbie left Take That in 1996.

Noel - who was in Oasis until they split in 2009 - said: ''Apart from Robbie Williams after Take That, I can't think of any other bloke who's been in a big band and gone solo and had this kind of success.

''It's phenomenal. The album is back in the top ten at the moment. I guess setting out to do this I didn't have any preconceptions of what I was going to do.

''It's just going to make my life very difficult the next time - how do I top this?''

When Noel, 45, finishes touring the world to promote High Flying Birds' debut, he is looking forward to some time off with his wife Sara MacDonald and children Donovan, five, and Sonny, two. He also has a daughter, Anais, 12, from a previous relationship.

He added to Irish TV station RTE: ''I get up with the kids in the morning, see them off to school, I've got a gym in the house so I might go to the gym, appease the wife and then I really enjoy doing nothing. I'll read the papers on the internet.

''When I get off this tour, I'm having a massive party in London so I will be out of the game for a couple of days and then I'll look at football fixtures and plan the rest of the season. I won't be working for a long time after this tour.''