Czechs face Ireland with Cech, Rosicky

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech and Arsenal midfielder Tomas

Rosicky were included Tuesday in the Czech Republic squad for next

week’s friendly against Ireland.

Coach Michal Bilek has all his major stars available for the

Feb. 29 match in Dublin, except defender Zdenek Pospech and striker

Tomas Necid who have long-term knee injuries.

Bilek has called up Viktoria Plzen defender Frantisek Rajtoral,

who could make his first international appearance.

Galatasaray striker Milan Baros and Bordeaux midfielder Jaroslav

Plasil are also included in the 20-man squad.

Defensive midfielder Tomas Hubschman of Shakhtar Donetsk, who

was suspended and missed the playoffs against Montenegro, has

returned to the team.

The Czechs will play another warmup match against Israel May 26

and take on Hungary on June 1 before opening its European

Championship campaign against Russia on June 8.

Greece and co-host Poland are also in the same group.


Goalkeepers: Petr Cech (Chelsea), Jaroslav Drobny (Hamburg).

Defenders: Theodor Gebre Selassie (Liberec), Roman Hubnik

(Hertha Berlin), Michal Kadlec (Bayer Leverkusen), Daniel Pudil

(Cesena), Jan Rajnoch (Sivasspor), Frantisek Rajtoral (Viktoria

Plzen), Tomas Sivok (Besiktas).

Midfielders: Tomas Hubschman (Shakhtar Donetsk), Petr Jiracek

(Wolfsburg), Daniel Kolar (Plzen), Milan Petrzela (Plzen), Vaclav

Pilar (Plzen), Jaroslav Plasil (Bordeaux), Jan Rezek (Anarthosis

Famagusta), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

Forwards: Milan Baros (Galatasaray), David Lafata (Jablonec),

Tomas Pekhart (Nuremberg).