Czech captain Vladimir Darida retires from international football


Czech midfielder Vladimir Darida has decided to retire from his international career as he wants to spend more time with his family and a little son.

The Czech Republic was eliminated by Denmark out of the 2020 European championship at the quarter-finals. The 30-year-old midfielder who plays for German club Hertha Berlin has netted eight goals for his international side and led the Czechs in all three groups at the Euro tournament.

The midfielder missed the round-of-16 game against the Netherlands because of an unspecified injury and came back off the bench as a late substitute in the quarterfinals vs Denmark where they got knocked out of the major tournament.

“In the last Bundesliga and international season, I have spent 140 days out of home because of games and training camps. I want to spend much more time with the family and my little son,” said Darida.

The national football team of the Czech confirmed Darida’s retirement by the farewell to the player and tweeted: “Vladimir has decided to end his national team career after the Euro 2020. He made 76 appearances in the Czech senior national team and scored 8 goals. He was at three Euro tournaments and he was the captain of the team at the current tournamentThank you Vladi.” 


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