Vrba names final 23 to represent Czech Republic at Euro's

The Czech's will be hoping to go further than the quarter final's this summer

Vrba names final 23 to represent Czech Republic at Euro's
The Czech's celebrate qualifying | Photo: indianexpress.com

Czech Republic manager Pavel Vrba has named a mixture of national team stalwarts and domestic stars in his final 23 man squad for Euro 2016.

Sparta Prague pair Lukas Marecek and Patrik Schick were given the dreaded arm round the shoulder and told they wouldn't be boarding the plane having survived the initial cut from 28 to 25.

Rosicky named captain

Vrba, who has been in charge for two years, has entrusted 35-year-old veteran Tomáš Rosický with the captain's armband at the tournament and will hope that the midfielder who left Arsenal after a decade at the end of last month's international experience and general experience will rub off on some of the less experienced members of the squad. Rosický played a mere 19 minutes for the Premier League club all season and missed half of the qualifying campaign having suffered from numerous injury problems for the past few years as his best physical years get further behind. 

The newly crowned captain has over a century of caps and theres every chance he may bow out of international football after the tournament. Former Arsenal teammate and national team captain Petr Cech unsurprisingly made the team as he looks to add to his record 119 caps.

Squad in full

Goalkeepers: Petr Cech (Arsenal), Tomas Vaclik (Basel), Tomas Koubek (Slovan Liberec, on loan from Sparta Prague).

Defenders: Theodor Gebre Selassie (Werder Bremen), Roman Hubnik (Viktoria Plzen), Pavel Kaderabek (Hoffenheim), Michal Kadlec (Fenerbahce), David Limbersky (Viktoria Plzen), Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday, on loan from Watford), Marek Suchy (Basel), Tomas Sivok (Bursaspor).

Midfielders: Vladimir Darida (Hertha Berlin), Borek Dockal (Sparta Prague), Daniel Kolar (Viktoria Plzen), Ladislav Krejci (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 (Burkaspor), Milan Skoda (Slavia Prague).