In a boost for Arsene Wenger’s plans for next season Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has announced his retirement from international football.
Cech broke the news on his Twitter account:
— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) July 8, 2016
The 34-year-old goalkeeper is the Czech Republic’s most-capped footballer having made 121 appearances.
In a statement on Arsenal’s official website the former Chelsea goalkeeper said:
“When I was a kid, my ultimate dream was to play for the national team at least once.
“Having done it so many times makes me really proud.”
The Czech Republic crashed out of Euro 2016 at the group stages after failing to win a single game.
The goalkeeper told:
I’ve had so many club games to play year-by-year too, and I think I’ve reached the point where I believe that if I want to continue doing things to 100 per cent every day, like I’ve always done, then I will probably need more time to rest and recover.
This is a purely football-based decision. If I want to prolong my career and play at the highest level for as long as I can, then I will probably need to find the balance so that I can continue to do so.
I’m now 34 and the next [international]tournament is in two years which, in football, is a very long time. The last thing I wanted to do was start a campaign and then say ‘I don’t think it’s right for me to continue’ halfway through it.
I’ve made fantastic memories and I will keep them. But as I said, you cannot stop time and sometimes you need to make decisions looking to the future. I believe it is the right move.