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Freddie Flintoff reveals ambition to coach England

Freddie Flintoff reveals ambition to coach England
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The former England all-rounder has taken up coaching and has attained the lower-level qualifications.

Andrew Flintoff claims he would like to coach England one day.

The former England all-rounder, who played the last of his 79 Tests in 2009, has taken up coaching and has attained the lower-level qualifications.

England are currently looking for a new head coach as Trevor Bayliss is due to step down at the end of this summer's Ashes, but Flintoff concedes that would be too soon.

Andrew Flintoff
Andrew Flintoff played 79 Tests for England (Gareth Copley/PA)

The 41-year-old told BBC Test Match Special: "Coaching is definitely an ambition. There are probably two or three coaching jobs I'd like – England, Lancashire or Lancashire Academy.

"I'd love to be England coach one day, just not quite yet."

Flintoff, who burst onto the scene as a teenager with Lancashire, has already done some coaching work with the county's under-13 side.

He said: "I've got two of my coaching levels – me and (former England team-mate) Steve Harmison might do our level threes soon."

Flintoff has recently been working in TV, most notably as a presenter on popular motoring programme Top Gear, but claims he has tried to get into top-level coaching before.

He says he applied for the England job when it became available in 2014 but was not taken seriously.

Flintoff, who also played 141 one-day internationals for England, said: "A few years ago I applied for the England coaching job – we were getting beat, I was in the office and thought, 'I'm going to apply'.

"I wrote an email for the interview, a month passed and I'd heard nothing. I chased it up, then I got a phone call saying they thought it was somebody taking the mick!"

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