Czech Euro 2016 Squad – Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky has been surprisingly included in Czech Republic’s squad for the 2016 European Championships.
Manager Pavel Vrba announced a preliminary 28-man squad on Thursday, and Rosicky, who had played only 19 minutes of competitive football all season long, was selected. Vrba is however hopeful that the 35-year old can regain match fitness before the tournament starts.
“I was in England three weeks ago to see how Tomas was for myself. I went back satisfied, I saw that Tomas handed the whole match and had no break,” said Vrba.
“Even now, after two days of being in the training camp, he handles everything without any relief. I see no reason why he should not be ready for the European Championship.”
Do you think Rosicky deserves a call-up? See the full squad below!
Goalkeepers: Petr Cech (Arsenal), Tomas Vaclik (Basel), Tomas Koubek (Slovan Liberec, on loan from Sparta Prague).
Defenders: Theodor Gebre Selassie (Werder Bremen), Roman Hubnik (Viktoria Plzen), Pavel Kaderabek (Hoffenheim), Michal Kadlec (Fenerbahce), David Limbersky (Viktoria Plzen), Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday, on loan from Watford), Marek Suchy (Basel), Tomas Sivok (Bursaspor), Ondrej Zahustel (Sparta Prague).
Midfielders: Vladimir Darida (Hertha Berlin), Borek Dockal (Sparta Prague), Daniel Kolar (Viktoria Plzen), Jan Kovarik (Viktoria Plzen), Ladislav Krejci (Sparta Prague), Lukas Marecek (Sparta Prague), David Pavelka (Kasimpasa), Jaroslav Plasil (Bordeaux), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal), Jiri Skalek (Brighton), Josef Sural (Sparta Prague).
Forwards: David Lafata (Sparta Prague), Tomas Necid (Burkaspor), Patrik Schick (Bohemians, on loan from Sparta Prague), Milan Skoda (Slavia Prague), Matej Vydra (Reading, on loan from Watford).