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Fox on the Box: Freddie Flintoff’s in a league of his own for lack of diplomacy

Awkward: Flintoff (left) and Redknapp (centre) meet cycling sprint king Cavendish

AFTER almost a month on the road, Sky Sports quiz A League Of Their Own spin-off, European Road Trip, reaches its final destination tonight when the team amble their way into Italy.

Since leaving these shores, Jamie Redknapp and Andrew Flintoff have been joined by an impressive line-up of guests as they have travelled through France, Holland and Monaco.

Kevin Pietersen donned oilskins to partner Flintoff aboard a multi-million-pound yacht as they kick-started their journey racing across the channel. Anthony Joshua was alongside Redknapp and 10,000 or so fans in the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam for a game of darts before Novak Djokovic took to the umpire’s chair for a doubles encounter in the Principality.

Even for the less devoted of this popular quiz there is no denying European Road Trip is likeable nonsense and for that ‘Freddie’ Flintoff has to take much of the credit.

While Redknapp is an amiable wingman, it’s Flintoff who commands the attention — although not always in the right way.

You couldn’t help but watch his verbal jousting with former England team-mate Pietersen without detecting a spiky undercurrent but it was nothing compared to the deliciously toe-curling awkwardness of last week’s meeting with Mark Cavendish.

The Manxman was called in to help prepare for a stint in cycle race the Holland Cup but not before he had confronted Flintoff who had once called him a ‘pointless cyclist’ in a podcast.

‘I’m trying to think what context I said this in,’ said Flintoff defensively. ‘You said I was a pointless sportsman because I hadn’t won the Tour [de France],’ replied Cav, adding: ‘It’s like saying Shane Warne is pointless because he hasn’t scored a century.’ ‘He is!,’ replied Fred.

Tonight Ruud Gullit joins the pair for a penalty shoot-out in a packed San Siro before the loser bungee jumps from the top of a Swiss dam. Expect Flintoff to be strapping on the elastic.

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