Czech captain Tomas Rosicky returns to national team
PRAGUE (AP) — Tomas Rosicky returned to the Czech Republic’s national team on Thursday after almost a year out with injuries.
The creative midfielder was included in the 28-man European Championship preliminary squad announced by coach Pavel Vrba ahead of the team’s training camp in Austria.
Rosicky, who has made 100 international appearances, injured his knee in a Euro 2016 qualifying match against Iceland in June. When he recovered, he was injured again playing for Arsenal in an FA Cup match against Burnley in January. The 35-year-old Rosicky didn’t play at all in the Premier League last season.
The Czechs play Malta on May 27 and Russia on June 1 in Austria and face South Korea in Prague on June 5 in the final warm-up ahead of the tournament in France.
At Euro 2016, they open against defending champion Spain on June 13, and also face Croatia and Turkey in Group D.
Goalkeepers: Petr Cech (Arsenal), Tomas Vaclik (Basel), Tomas Koubek (Slovan Liberec)
Defenders: Theodor Gebre Selassie (Werder Bremen), Roman Hubnik (Viktoria Plzen), Pavel Kaderabek (Hoffenheim), Michal Kadlec (Sparta Prague), David Limbersky (Viktoria Plzen), Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday), Tomas Sivok (Bursaspor), Marek Suchy (Basel), 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 Skalak (Brighton), Josef Sural (Sparta Prague)
Forwards: David Lafata (Sparta Prague), Tomas Necid (Bursaspor), Patrik Schick (Bohemians Prague), Milan Skoda (Slavia Prague), Matej Vydra (Reading)