Rosicky returns from injury to captain Czech Republic at Euro 2016
Captain Tomas Rosicky has returned from injuries to lead the Czech Republic at the European Championship.
The creative midfielder was included in the final 23-man squad announced by coach Pavel Vrba on Tuesday. Rosicky, who has made 101 international appearances, injured his knee in a Euro 2016 qualifier match against Iceland last June. When he recovered, he got injured again playing for Arsenal in an FA Cup match against Burnley in January. The 35-year-old Rosicky didn't play at all in the Premier League last season. But he captained the Czechs to a 6-0 victory over Malta on Friday and is ready for Euro 2016.
At Euro 2016, they open against defending champion Spain on June 13, and also face Croatia and Turkey in Group D.
Here is the Czech Republic's roster in full:
GOALKEEPERS: Petr Cech (Arsenal), Tomas Koubek (Slovan Liberec) and Tomas Vaclik (Basel)
DEFENDERS: Theodor Gebre Selassie (Werder Bremen), Roman Hubnik (Viktoria Plzen), Pavel Kaderabek (Hoffenheim), Michal Kadlec (Fenerbahce), David Limbersky (Viktoria Plzen), Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday), Tomas Sivok (Bursaspor), Marek Suchy (Basel)
MIDFIELDERS: Vladimir Darida (Hertha Berlin), Borek Dockal (Sparta Prague), Daniel Kolar (Viktoria Plzen), Ladislav Krejci (Sparta Prague), David Pavelka (Kasimpasa), Jaroslav Plasil (Girondins Bordeaux), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal), Jiri Skalak (Brighton and Hove Albion), Josef Sural (Sparta Prague)
FORWARDS: David Lafata (Sparta Prague), Tomas Necid (Bursaspor), Milan Skoda (Slavia Prague)