Petr Cech could retire from international football after EURO 2016 as he looks to extend his domestic career and retain his position as Arsenal’s first choice keeper.
Recognising the importance of making time to rest his ageing limbs, the 33-year-old, who has 118 caps for the Czech Republic, hinted at an imminent end to his 14-year stint in goal for his country.
Just days after picking up his eighth Czech Player of the Year award, Cech revealed his intentions via his personal website.
“I’m turning 34 [in May] and it’s time for me to consider it [retirement],” he wrote. “The other day I thought: Isn’t it time after 14 years on the national team to think about bringing this chapter of your life to a close?
“The less I have to travel around and play for the national team, the higher the probability that I’ll be able to retain my focus at Arsenal. After all, I’m not getting any younger.”
Cech, who missed his country’s latest round of friendlies due to a calf problem, is set to be fit for Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Watford at the weekend.
“I feel on top physically, but it’s been the same things all over again since 2002. Way too much travelling around and barely any time for rest,” he continued.
“You eventually reach a point in your career when it becomes time to come to a halt and choose a new direction. That point will come after the Euros.”
Responding to suggestions that he could play up to the age of 40, he added: “I’m saying yes. As long as I’m positive that I’m a hundred percent ready to go to training when I get up in the morning, my career will go on. It’ll also depend on how my body takes it. So far so good.”