Vydra is our man at the Euros
Matěj Vydra has been called up by the Czech Republic for the competition with them revealing their 25 man squad this morning and he’s joined by West Ham pair Vladimír Coufal and Tomáš Souček from the Premier League and Tomáš Kalas who captains Bristol City in the Championship.
Vydra has won 35 caps for his country, scoring nine goals, having made his debut against Denmark in a World Cup qualifier in 2012. In the following year, again in a World Cup qualifier, he scored his first international goal against Armenia, scoring twice in a 3-0 win. His most recent goal was in October last year against Israel in the Nations League.
He won’t have far to travel, in the group stages at least. They kick off against Scotland at Hampden Park on 14th June and four days later are back at Hampden where they will play Croatia. Their third group game is against England at Wembley on 22nd June.
Vyds might have been hoping to come up against Nick Pope in that third game but that’s been ruled out with Nick’s knee surgery. Having left him out of his squad today, Gareth Southgate said: “It’s heartbreaking to get an injury so close to a major tournament.
“He’s been a fantastic member of our squad, a totally unselfish guy. In Russia, he spent hour after hour throwing himself around for penalties, which was as important in our penalty shoot out success as the guys who took them quite frankly. I’m really disappointed for him.”
Southgate, unfortunately, isn’t disappointed for any other Burnley player. He seems to have scoured the country looking for central defenders without glancing at James Tarkowski and, for the life of me, I can’t see how Michael Keane hasn’t made the squad.
I know I’m biased and want to see Burnley players and ex-Burnley players in international squads but there’s no sign of Danny Ings either although again, rightly so, La Liga winner Kieran Trippier is named.
I’ll definitely be watching the Czech Republic games, that will be my main interest now with being able to watch a Claret in action in a major tournament.Share this page :