Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky is probably playing his last few matches for the national team.
The Arsenal midfielder is approaching the end of his career, but he has been a force to reckon with in the national team. Rosicky is one of the few quality players in this Czech Republic team, who have been able to take the national team to the next level along with the likes of Petr Cech. The midfielder is set to make his 100th appearance for Czech Republic in the Euro 2016 qualifying match against Iceland. He is planning to mark this occasion with a famous victory.
However, Rosicky was also quick to point out that he is not having any personal ambitions ahead of this game. Czech Republic have been surprise leaders in the group A, but they could be overthrown by Iceland with a defeat. Even a draw will be sufficient for Czech Republic, but it is unlikely that manager PavelVrba will be going in with such an ambition. The continuous struggle for Netherlands – under Guus Hiddink – is proving to be a boon for both Iceland and Czech Republic. If the group finishes as it is, both these unlikely candidates will be qualifying for the Euro 2016 automatically.
“When I am asked about my starting lineup, I always say you can write down TomášRosický for certain. He remains a top-class midfielder regardless of his age. Every time I see his technical ability in training, I realise how important he is for us,” said Vrba about Rosicky.“I might have the shirt somewhere at home, though. I thought I might get nostalgic with the 100th game approaching, but I do not feel it. The success of the team seems the most important thing. We need to play good football and get the right result,” said the player himself.