Pavel Vrba may have remained tight-lipped on the issue, but the main talking point from his squad announcement for the ties against Turkey and the Netherlands was the absence of Viktoria Plzen left-back David Limbersky.
During Vrba’s tenure at Plzen Limbersky had always been a reliable and dependable deputy, somebody who carried out his manager’s instructions, gave his all and quickly ascended to being the best left-back the country has to offer. It would be safe to assume that Limbersky is very much a favourite of the current Czech boss.
Unfortunately, stupidity and some pressure from above has removed David Limbersky from the Czech national team. You may remember that he crashed his Bentley a couple of weeks ago in Prague whilst intoxicated. To make matters worse, he allegedly tried to flee the scene. Plzen have already taken a dim view of the incident by stripping him of the captaincy and handing him the largest fine in club history, but Miroslav Pelta, head of the Czech FA, hinted that he’d go further and block Limbersky from representing his country in the immediate future.
When questioned on the Limbersky situation Vrba refused to answer and stated he was only willing to discuss those players called up. Unfortunately, by ignoring the issue he only highlighted the elephant in the room.
Away from the major talking point surrounding David Limbersky’s omission Vrba has done a fair amount of chopping and changing, bringing in no less than five new faces to this current squad of twenty-three and many of them have plenty of experience under their belts. Jaroslav Plasil (33) returns, as does Michal Kadlec (30) and Milan Petrzela (32). So too does Tomas Necid, who has been enjoying a fine start to his Bursaspor career.
Two more players will be brought up to join the senior squad, with those likely being named after the weekend’s round of domestic fixtures. We’ll update this page as and when the announcement is made.
Czech Republic Squad
- Petr Cech (Arsenal)
- Tomas Koubek (Slovan Liberec)
- Tomas Vaclik (Basel)
- Theo Gebre Selassie (Werder Bremen)
- Mario Holek (Sparta Prague)
- Pavel Kaderabek (Hoffenheim)
- Michal Kadlec (Fenerbahce)
- Filip Novak (Midtjylland)
- Marek Suchy (Basel)
- Vaclav Prochazka (Viktoria Plzen)
- Vladimir Darida (Hertha BSC)
- Borek Dockal (Sparta Prague)
- Ladislav Krejci (Sparta Prague)
- David Pavelka (Slovan Liberec)
- Milan Petrzela (Viktoria Plzen)
- Jaroslav Plasil (Bordeaux)
- Jiri Skalak (Mlada Boleslav)
- Josef Sural (Slovan Liberec)
- David Lafata (Sparta Prague)
- Tomas Necid (Bursaspor)
- Milan Skoda (Slavia Prague)
David Bicik (Sparta Prague), Martin Frydek (Sparta Prague), Adam Hlousek (Stuttgart), Tomas Horava (Viktoria Plzen), Ales Hruska (Pribram), Roman Hubnik (Sigma Olomouc), Vaclav Kadlec (Eintracht Frankfurt), Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough), Jan Kopic (Viktoria Plzen), Jan Kovarik (Viktoria Plzen), David Limbersky (Viktoria Plzen), Ondrej Petrak (Nurnberg), Martin Pospisil (Jablonec), Jakub Rada (Mlada Boleslav), Frantisek Rajtoral (Sparta Prague), Kamil Vacek (Piast Gliwice), Ondrej Vanek (Viktoria Plzen), Ondrej Zahustel (Mlada Boleslav), Matej Vydra (Reading), Martin Zeman (Sion),
- 10th October – Czech Republic v Turkey (Letna, Prague)
- 13th October – Netherlands v Czech Republic (Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam)
- Posted by Chris Boothroyd
- On 29th September 2015