Prague - Czech Republic coach Pavel Vrba on Thursday
announced a 28-man provisional squad for the Euro 2016 finals, led by Arsenal
duo Petr Cech and Tomas Rosicky.
The 35-year-old Rosicky, the team captain, played only 19
minutes for Arsenal last season because of injuries but he has recently managed
three games for the reserve team.
"I went to London three weeks ago to make sure he's OK
and I came back happy," the 52-year-old Vrba told reporters in Prague.
"He has been 100 percent these last few days that we've
spent together," he said about the midfielder who is due to leave Arsenal
in the summer as his contract has expired.
Missing only injured Sparta Prague midfielder Martin Frydek,
Vrba has called up one newcomer, 20-year-old striker Patrik Schick of Bohemians
Vrba will have to trim the squad back to 23 players by May
31, but he said he would like to do that before the team leaves for a training
camp in Austria on May 25.
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The team will play friendlies with Russia and Malta in
Austria before taking on South Korea in Prague on June 5 in the final game
before the June 10-July 10 tournament.
Leaving for France on June 8, the Czech Republic will face
Croatia, Spain and Turkey in Group D.
Goalkeepers: Petr Cech (Arsenal/ENG), Tomas Vaclik
(Basel/SUI), Tomas Koubek (Liberec)
Defenders: Theodor Gebre Selassie (Bremen/GER), Pavel
Kaderabek (Hoffenheim/GER), David Limbersky (Viktoria Pilsen), Marek Suchy
(Basel/SUI), Michal Kadlec (Fenerbahce/TUR), Tomas Sivok (Bursaspor/TUR), Roman
Hubnik (Viktoria Pilsen), Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday/ENG), Ondrej
Zahustel (Sparta Prague)
Midfielders: Borek Dockal (Sparta Prague), Jiri Skalak
(Brighton/ENG), Vladimir Darida (Hertha Berlin/GER), Daniel Kolar (Viktoria
Pilsen), Ladislav Krejci (Sparta Prague), Josef Sural (Sparta Prague), David
Pavelka (Kasimpasa/TUR), Jaroslav Plasil (Bordeaux/FRA), Lukas Marecek (Sparta
Prague), Matej Vydra (Reading/ENG), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal/ENG), Jan Kovarik
Forwards: Milan Skoda (Slavia Prague), Tomas Necid
(Bursaspor/TUR), David Lafata (Sparta Prague), Patrik Schick (Bohemians Prague)For
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