In a squad that’s bereft of attackers and populated with four goalkeepers, the obvious response was to ask the question ‘what on earth does Milan Skoda have to do to earn his maiden international call-up?’ Thankfully, somebody did.
“I decided for [Tomas] Necid because of his previous experience with the [national] team,” Vrba responded. So to gain experience you need experience….
Besides the absence of the in-form Slavia forward there weren’t too many eyebrow raising decisions and the squad was pretty much as expected bar the exclusion of Jablonec‘s player of the season Filip Novak. Instead Pavel Vrba opted to hand Viktoria Plzen‘s Jan Kovarik an opportunity to make his mark at international level, drafting in the left-sided player to act as cover for David Limbersky at left-back and the offensive pair of Ladislav Krejci and Vaclav Pilar.
The Spartan trio of Vaclav Kadlec, Ladislav Krejci and Pavel Kaderabek all down to do double duty for their country this summer, something which could potentially have been avoided, especially given the competition for places at right-back and Krejci’s current poor run of form.
Czech Republic Squad (v Iceland)
|Name||Club||Apps / Goals|
|Tomas Grigar||Teplice||3 / 0|
|Ales Hruska||Mlada Boleslav||0/0|
|Theo Gebre Selassie||Werder Bremen||30/1|
|Pavel Kaderabek||Sparta Prague||7/1|
|David Limbersky||Viktoria Plzen||31/0|
|Vaclav Prochazka||Viktoria Plzen||9/0|
|Borek Dockal||Sparta Prague||16/5|
|Daniel Kolar||Viktoria Plzen||23/2|
|Jan Kovarik||Viktoria Plzen||0/0|
|Ladislav Krejci||Sparta Prague||13/2|
|Vaclav Pilar||Viktoria Plzen||21/5|
|Lukas Vacha||Sparta Prague||7/0|
|Vaclav Kadlec||Sparta Prague||11/2|
|David Lafata||Sparta Prague||35/8|
- 12 June – Iceland v Czech Republic (Laugardalsvollur, Reykjavik)
Adam Hlousek (Stuttgart), Mario Holek (Sparta), Tomas Horava (Plzen), Filip Novak (Jablonec), Ludek Pernica (Jablonec), Martin Pospisil (Jablonec), Jakub Rada (Bohemians 1905), Frantisek Rajtoral (Plzen), Milan Skoda (Slavia Prague), Josef Sural (Slovan Liberec), Ondrej Vanek (Plzen), Ondrej Zahustel (Mlada Boleslav), Martin Zeman (Pribram)
- Posted by Chris Boothroyd
- On 25th May 2015