19.05.2016 13:11 h

Cech, Rosicky to lead Czech Republic at Euro

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 Prague.

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.

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.

Provisional squad:

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 (Viktoria Pilsen)

Forwards: Milan Skoda (Slavia Prague), Tomas Necid (Bursaspor/TUR), David Lafata (Sparta Prague), Patrik Schick (Bohemians Prague)