Petr Cech retires from Czech Republic national team

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Petr Cech has retired from international soccer.

Cech, 34, played 123 times for the Czech Republic national team spanning 14 year as he featured in five major tournaments for his homeland.

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The captain of the Czech national team will go down as one of the greatest players in the nations history as Arsenal’s goalkeeper now looks to fully focus himself on his club career.

The former Lens and Chelsea stopper excelled during his debut season at the Emirates Stadium, helping Arsenal to the second best defensive record in the Premier League during the 2015-16 campaign.

He is the most capped Czech Republic international in history, surpassing the likes of Pavel Nedved, Jan Koller and Milan Baros and his highlights for the national team include reaching the semifinals of EURO 2004 where he was named in the team of the tournament, plus reaching the quarterfinals of EURO 2012.

This summer at EURO 2016 his side disappointed as they failed to make it out of a group which included Croatia, Spain and Turkey.

Below is a message from Cech, as he was also awarded his 10th Golden Ball award as the best player from the Czech Republic.