Czech Republic has announced its squad for its upcoming friendly meeting with the Caltex Socceroos next week in Sankt Pölten, Austria.
Bert van Marwijk’s side will take on Czech Republic next Friday 1 June (9pm kick-off (AEST) at the NV Arena in one of their final hitouts before the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
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The Czech's have been in excellent recent form, winning five of their last six international matches.
They will be spearheaded in attack by AS Roma starlet Patrick Schick.
The 22-year old is widely regarded as one of the most talented striking prospects in European football and has scored twice in seven appearances for the national side.
Schick will likely be flanked by former Watford and current Derby frontman Matěj Vydra, who finished top goal scorer in the EFL Championship with 21 goals.
Meanwhile, Caltex Socceroos speedster Mathew Leckie could potentially clash with Hertha Berlin colleague and midfielder Vladimír Darida.
It will be just the second meeting between the Caltex Socceroos and Czech Republic, with the only other meeting resulting in a 3-1 friendly loss for Australia in 2000.
The Czech’s are currently ranked 45th in the world FIFA rankings but will not be featuring at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and have not featured in the tournament since the 2006 iteration in Germany.
Nonetheless, Karol Jarolim's side will prove a stern test for Australia as they prepare to enter the final stretch of World Cup preparation.
The Caltex Socceroos will also take on Hungary in a final friendly match on Sunday 10 June with kick off commencing at 1.30am (AEDT).
CZECH REPUBLIC SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Tomáš Koubek, Jiří Pavlenka, Tomáš Vaclík
Defenders: Jan Bořil, Theodor Gebre Selassie, Jakub Jugas, Pavel Kadeřábek, Tomáš Kalas, Filip Novák, Marek Suchý
Midfielders: Antonín Barák, Vladimír Darida, Josef Hušbauer, Jakub Jankto, Jan Kopic, Tomáš Souček, Jaromír Zmrhal
Forwards: Michael Krmenčík, Patrik Schick, Matěj Vydra