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Euro 2012: Late run earns Vladimir Darida place in Czech Republic squad

May 29, 2012

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• 21-year-old earns place in final 23 with display in friendly
• Czech Republic face Russia, Poland and Greece in Group A

The Czech Republic manager, Michal Bilek, has included Viktoria Plzen midfielder Vladimir Darid a in his final squad for Euro 2012. The 21-year-old was a late addition in place of Daniel Pudil, having impressed in a 2-1 victory over Israel on Saturday.

“In his half an hour he played very well, asked for the ball, made great passes and took shots,” said Bilek. “He looked like a player who had lots of caps, not one who was making his first appearance.”

Bilek’s other selection issue was over his goalkeepers, having named four in his provisional 24-man squad earlier this month. Petr Cech, Jaroslav Droby and Jan Lastuvka are included, with Tomas Grigar missing out.

The Czechs play Russia in their opening game on 8 June, with Poland and Greece also in their group.

Czech Republic Euro 2012 squad

Goalkeepers: Petr Cech (Chelsea), Jan Lastuvka (Dnipro), Jaroslav Drobny (Hamburg).

Defenders: Roman Hubnik (Hertha Berlin), Michal Kadlec (Bayer Leverkusen), Tomas Sivok (Besiktas), Daniel Pudil (Cesena), David L imbersky (Viktoria Plzen), Frantisek Rajtoral (Viktoria Plzen), Theo Gebre Selassie (Slovan Liberec), Marek Suchy (Spartak Moscow).

Midfielders: Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal), Petr Jiracek (Wolfsburg), Daniel Kolar (Viktoria Plzen), Vaclav Pilar (Viktoria Plzen), Jan Rezek (Anorthosis Famagusta), Jaroslav Plasil (Bordeaux), Milan Petrzela (Viktoria Plzen), Tomas Hubschman (Shakhtar Donetsk), Vladimir Darida (Viktoria Plzen).

Forwards: Milan Baros (Galatasaray), Tomas Pekhart (Nürnberg), David Lafata (Jablonec), Tomas Necid (CSKA Moscow). Read More

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