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Flintoff: I won't pick and choose my England dates

ENGLAND all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has stressed that playing for his country will be his priority when he returns from his latest injury nightmare. <br /><br />The 31-year-old, who is expected to be out for at least six months following knee surgery, earlier this month drew criticism for refusing a central contract.<br /><br />But the irreplaceable talisman, who retired from Test cricket in August, insists his main aspiration remains donning the three lions in the shorter forms of <br />the game. <br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m available for every England game. Twenty20s and one-day internationals, just not Test matches. England comes first, closely followed by Lancashire,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve seen a lot of people saying I&rsquo;ll be picking and choosing games, but there will be none of that.&rdquo;<br /><br />Flintoff, who is currently on crutches, rejected the offer of an incremental deal from the&nbsp; England and Wales Cricket Board, effectively making him a <br />freelance cricketer. <br /><br />He has another 12 months left on his Lancashire contract, has a deal to play for Chennai Super Kings in next year&rsquo;s Indian Premier League, and is also expected to play in other overseas one-day competitions. But Flintoff says he knows where his loyalties lie.<br /><br />He added: &ldquo;I&rsquo;d choose England over everything. If it clashed with the IPL I&rsquo;d play for England. England is what I&rsquo;ve wanted to do since I was a kid.&rdquo;