By DAN KARELL
New Czech Republic manager Pavel Vrba has called in an experienced squad for his side’s two September matches.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech and Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky headline a 20-man squad that will take on the U.S. Men’s National Team on Wednesday in Prague before hosting the Netherlands in their first UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match on Sept. 9. Both matches will take place at the Generali Arena, at the home of Sparta Prague.
Other players of note in the squad are Hamburg midfielder Petr Jiráček, Freiburg midfielder Vladimír Darida, and Fenerbahce defender Michel Kadlec. Vrba selected two uncapped players to the squad, goalkeeper David Bičík and defender Radim Řezník
The Czech Republic is currently ranked 35th in FIFA’s World Rankings, and are the 22nd best nation within UEFA. The Czech Republic made it to the quarterfinals of Euro 2012 but failed to qualify for each of the last two World Cups.
Here’s a look at the Czech Republic squad for their upcoming matches:
CZECH REPUBLIC SQUAD FOR USMNT AND NETHERLANDS MATCHES
GOALKEEPERS (3): Petr Čech (Chelsea), Tomáš Vaclík (FC Basilej), David Bičík (Sparta Prague)
DEFENDERS (7): Radim Řezník, Václav Procházka, David Limberský (All Viktoria Plzeň), Pavel Kadeřábek (Sparta Prague), Michal Kadlec (Fenerbahce), Marek Suchý (FC Basilej), Daniel Pudil (FC Watford)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Milan Petržela, Daniel Kolář, Tomáš Hořava, Václav Pilař (All Viktoria Plzeň), Vladimír Darida (SC Freiburg), Petr Jiráček (SV Hamburger), Bořek Dočkal, Ladislav Krejčí (All Sparta Prague), Tomáš Rosický (Arsenal)
FORWARD (1): Jan Vydra (FC Watford).
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