RETIRED FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL: Czech goalie Petr Cech

Czech Republic and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has announced his retirement from international football via his official Twitter account.

The Czech Republic’s most-capped player made the announcement as he collected the national team’s player of the year award at a ceremony in Prague on Friday.

Petr Cech hold a trophy won in one of his many exploits for the Czech Republic
Petr Cech holds the ‘Player of the Year’ trophy won in the Czech Republic

He retires with 124 caps, the last of them won in a 2-0 defeat to Turkey as the Czechs were eliminated from Euro 2016 with just one point from three group games.

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Czech Republic were eliminated from this summer’s European Championships by Turkey after finishing bottom of Group D with one point, which they secured in their 2-2 draw with Croatia.

In an interview during the Euro, Cech admitted that after the team’s final group stage game with Turkey, he was thinking about retiring from the international scene.

The 34 year old goalie will now return to Arsenal as the Gunners begin their pre-season preparations next week.

Arsene Wenger’s side will take on Lens in France, an MLS All-Star side in the US in late July before facing Chivas de Guadalajara in LA and then returning to Europe for two more pre-season games against Viking FK and Manchester City.