Euro 2020 hero Schick joins Czechs for World Cup qualifiers | Football news
- Schick will join the Czech squad for their World Cup qualifiers next week against Wales and Belarus.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 4:32 PM IST
Patrik Schick will join the Czech side for their World Cup qualifiers next week against Wales and Belarus after the Euro 2020 top scorer was suspended for two matches for receiving a red card, the Czech Football Association announced on Wednesday.
Coach Jaroslav Silhavy named just two players – goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek and defender Filip Novak – who did not make it to Euro 2020 where the Czechs advanced to the quarter-finals before losing facing Denmark.
Silhavy has selected Slavia Prague center-back Ondrej Kudela as his replacement after a 10-match suspension for “racist behavior” as the defender recovers from a knee injury in August.
The Czechs have collected seven points from five matches in Group E, tied with Wales but second behind leaders Belgium on goal difference.
The Czechs will host Wales on October 8 before traveling to face Belarus on October 11. Wales will miss star striker and captain Gareth Bale, who suffered a ‘significant’ hamstring injury.