Cech, Baros return to Czech squad

Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech and striker Milan Baros have

been included in the 18-man squad for the team’s opening 2012

European Championship qualifier against Lithuania in Olomouc on

Sept. 7.

Key players Cech (calf) and Baros (Achilles tendon) missed the

team’s 4-1 friendly win over Latvia two weeks ago with injuries but

returned to the squad announced Tuesday by Czech coach Michal


Bilek made two more changes by adding defenders Marek Suchy and

Jan Rajnoch to his squad.

Czech Republic and Lithuania are in qualifying group I, which

also includes world champion Spain, Scotland and Liechtenstein. The

group winner will qualify for the Euro 2012 finals tournament to be

played in Poland and Ukraine in June 2012.


Goalkeepers: Petr Cech (Chelsea), Jan Lastuvka


Defenders: Roman Hubnik (Hertha Berlin), Michal Kadlec (Bayer

Leverkusen), Zdenek Pospech (FC Copenhagen), Daniel Pudil (Genk),

Marek Suchy (Spartak Moscow), Jan Rajnoch (Ankaragucu).

Midfielders: Tomas Hubschman (Shakhtar Donetsk), Jaroslav Plasil

(Bordeaux), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal), Mario Holek (Dnipropetrovsk),

Jan Polak (Anderlecht), Jiri Stajner (Liberec).

Forwards: Martin Fenin (Frankfurt), Tomas Necid (CSKA Moscow),

Milan Baros (Galatasaray), Roman Bednar (West Bromwich Albion).