Petr Cech has confirmed that he is retiring from international football, and will concentrate on preserving his club career.
The goalkeeper failed in trying to help his side to qualify from the group stages at the current European Championships, but was in one of the toughest groups of the tournament, and will take no shame from his international career.
Cech was given the captain’s armband for his final international fixture with Turkey, due to an injury sustained to usual captain Tomas Rosicky, but was unable to inspire a result from his side.
He has now confirmed that he will be stepping down from international football, in order to get the most out of his club career.
Cech said: “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.”
The former Chelsea star added that he enjoyed his first season at the Emirates, but having come away without a trophy, he is looking to move forward in the coming campaign.
“There were a lot of positives from our last campaign,” he said, “but obviously we would like to carry that on and improve for the next season because we finished empty-handed and that is not what we wanted. ”
This is great news for Arsenal, although bad news for Wojciech Szczesny, who appears to be hoping to return to the club to play a role in the future.
How many years can we expect to get out of the record-holding shot-stopper?
Depends on his fitness and form
and how well the team plays.
I’ll stick with international football
More chance of him wining a title with his national team
Than the EPL title with Arsenal
No really, I said over a year before it even happened that we would let Fabianski go in favor of Woj and it would be a bad decision. I’m not complaining at all as I wish him well; he deserves to start for someone, and we would have not gotten Cech if he had stayed, who is far beyond the level of any other keepers we have had in years.
I haven’t watched Woj play since he left, has he sorted out any of his positioning or decision making issues? He is getting to the point where if he doesn’t sort out that stuff he never will, and will just be above average. Even if he does get better in those regards, Ospina is stiff competition and I have been impressed with what I have seen from Martinez. And any of those guys will have to take it up a couple levels to get near Cech until he starts to decline.
I would say that is one position of the field I am satisfied with for the moment.