Rosicky returns for Czechs for WCup qualifiers

Captain Tomas Rosicky has returned to the Czech Republic’s team

for this month’s World Cup qualifying games against Denmark and

Armenia.

The Arsenal midfielder sustained an Achilles tendon injury at

the European Championship last year and has not played a qualifying

game for the Czech Republic since.

Czech Republic coach Michal Bilek said Tuesday that Rosicky ”is

fully fit” to join the squad for the March 22 game against Denmark

in the Czech city of Olomouc and four days later in Armenia.

The Czechs are third in Group B with five points from three

matches. Italy leads the group with 10 points from four

matches.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech and striker Matej Vydra, who scored

20 goals for Watford this season, are also included in the 22-man

squad.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Petr Cech (Chelsea), Jan Lastuvka (Dnipropetrovsk),

Tomas Vaclik (Sparta Prague).

Defenders: Theodor Gebre Selassie (Werder Bremen), Michal Kadlec

(Bayer Leverkusen), Martin Latka (Fortuna Duesseldorf), David

Limbersky (Viktoria Plzen), Frantisek Rajtoral (Viktoria Plzen),

Tomas Sivok (Besiktas), Marek Suchy (Spartak Moscow).

Midfielders: Vladimir Darida (Plzen), Borek Dockal (Rosenborg),

Tomas Hubschman (Shakhtar Donetsk), Petr Jiracek (Hamburg), Daniel

Kolar (Viktoria Plzen), Ladislav Krejci (Sparta Prague), Jaroslav

Plasil (Bordeaux), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

Forwards: David Lafata (Sparta Prague), Tomas Pekhart

(Nuremberg), Stanislav Tecl (Viktoria Plzen), Matej Vydra

(Watford).