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Cech, Rosicky back in Czech squad for qualifiers

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PRAGUE (AP)

Midfielder Tomas Rosicky and goalkeeper Petr Cech have returned to the Czech Republic squad for next month's World Cup qualifying matches against Armenia and Italy.

The two stars didn't play in a 1-1 friendly at Hungary on Aug. 14 due to a busy schedule with their Premier League clubs. The Czechs need them to do well in the Sept. 6 match in Prague and four days later in Turin to keep their hopes alive to qualify for the tournament in Brazil.

Italy leads Group B with 14 points and has a four-point advantage over Bulgaria. The Czechs are third, five points behind Italy with four games to play.

The Czechs will miss defensive midfielder Tomas Hubschman, who has an eye problem.

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Squad:

Goalkeepers: Petr Cech (Chelsea), Jaroslav Drobny (Hamburger SV), Tomas Vaclik (Sparta Prague)

Defenders: Theodor Gebre Selassie (Werder Bremen), Michal Kadlec (Fenerbahce), Ondrej Kusnir (Liberec), David Limbersky (Viktoria Plzen), Vaclav Prochazka (Viktoria Plzen), Tomas Sivok (Besiktas), Marek Suchy (Spartak Moscow)

Midfielders: Vladimir Darida (Viktoria Plzen), Tomas Horava (Viktoria Plzen), Josef Husbauer (Sparta Prague), Petr Jiracek (Hamburger SV), Jan Moravek (Augsburg), Jaroslav Plasil (Bordeaux), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal), Ondrej Vanek (Jablonec)

Forwards: Vaclav Kadlec (Eintracht Frankfurt), Libor Kozak (Lazio), David Lafata (Sparta Prague), Michael Rabusic (Liberec), Matej Vydra (West Bromwich Albion)

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