Arsenal star Petr Cech has confessed that he is considering international retirement after the European Championships this summer, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
Cech has been an integral part of the Czech Republic national team since 2002 at the age of just 19, even earning the Goalkeeper of the Tournament award at Euro 2004 two years later.
Chelsea had already signed him prior to Euro 2004, but once he arrived he instantly became the club number one, replacing fan favourite Carlo Cudicini between the sticks.
However, at the age of 33, Cech is now mulling over the option of retiring from international football to focus on the Gunners, where he hopes to win one title before he hangs his gloves altogether.
“I’m turning thirty-four and it’s time for me to consider it,” he said on his official website.
“The other day I thought, ‘isn’t it time after fourteen years on the national team to think about brining this chapter of your life to a close?’
“Though it’s too early to say, I’m counting on the possibility. After all, I’m not getting any younger.
“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.
“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.”
The former Rennes shot-stopper has been struggling with a calf injury since the beginning of the month, but is set to return in time for Arsenal’s clash against Watford, who knocked them out of the FA Cup, this weekend.