Chelsea keeper Petr Cech has called for Pavel Nedved to reverse his decision to quit international football and help the Czech Republic at Euro 2008.
The Juventus midfielder, with 91 caps to his name, ended his international career after the 2006 World Cup.
But pressure has mounted for the 2003 European Footballer of the Year to return to the national fold, particularly with playmaker Thomas Rosicky expected to miss the finals though injury.
Cech told the Dnes newspaper: “Pavel is part of the team, he’s always made an important contribution to it. We’re in real need of a player with such experience and blessed with such skills.”
“His presence at the Euro would naturally be welcome, that’s obvious,” added Nuremberg’s Czech striker Jan Koller.
Czech defender Radoslav Kovac said Nedved was “in excellent form at the moment and would surely enjoy an excellent Euro”.
Since his international debut in 1994 Nedved has taken part in three European championships, helping his country to the final in 1996 and semi-finals in 2004.