Andrew Flintoff insists playing cricket for England remains his top priority, despite his stated desire to ply his trade all over the globe.
Flintoff's decision to decline an incremental ECB contract worth around £25,000 in favour of life as a freelance player taking in limited-overs contracts across the cricketing world has attraced some criticism but he insists that decision will not affect his availability for his country.
After hobbling into a London hotel on crutches, four weeks after undergoing an operation on the damaged knee which forced him to quit five-day cricket, he said: ``I'm available for every England game. Twenty20s and one-day internationals, just not Test matches."
He added: ``England come first, closely followed by Lancashire.
``I'd choose England over everything. If it clashed with the IPL (Indian Premier League) I'd play for England. England is what I've wanted to do since I was a kid.
``I don't know how long left I've got doing it, so I want to play every game I can do.''
An e-mail clarifying Flintoff's situation has been sent to ECB managing director Hugh Morris.
Flintoff remains contracted to Lancashire for another 12 months and has a contract with Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League next year.
Reflecting on his decision to go without an incremental deal, he said: ``One of the reasons is that I'm 31 and I know my body and when I can and can't play.
``I still have some personal ambition. If the opportunity arose to play in Australia I'd love to do that. I wanted to go when I was younger. I've seen a lot of cricketers come to the end of their careers. It creeps up on them and they have nothing to do. I want to forge another career as well."