Petr Cech will be an especially interested onlooker in Prague tonight as his home nation Czech Republic take on an England side that could feature a number of Chelsea players.
Cech is his country’s leading appearance maker with 124 caps obtained during an illustrious international career that spanned 14 years, four European Championships and the 2006 World Cup.
Tonight he will take his place at the Eden Arena to see if the current Czech side can delay England’s qualification for next summer’s Euros. Before travelling, he spoke exclusively to Chelsea TV about the match and also the rise of our youngsters in Gareth Southgate’s squad, explaining why they merited their call-up. Fikayo Tomori could make his Three Lions debut tonight, while if Tammy Abraham features it will be his first competitive appearance.
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In March, England thrashed the Czechs 5-0 at Wembley but our former goalkeeper is expecting a closer game tonight, detailing must the hosts must to do to get a result.
‘They have to limit the mistakes to have a chance to succeed in the game, and not to give England space because they have a lot of players with speed who can finish in the final third,’ said Cech.
‘That was the difference in the first game. If the Czechs improve at that it could be far more difficult for England to win in Prague. They are still the favourites and they should win the game, but I think it will be much tougher than it was in the first game.’
The full interview can be watched above.
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