Baros quits, Rosicky may follow
Milan Baros has retired from international football with the Czech Republic - and Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky admits he may follow suit.
Rosicky: May follow Baros' lead
The 30-year-old Baros made the announcement after his country's Euro 2012 quarter-final defeat to Portugal on Thursday night, with the Czech football federation's website confirming he received "long applause" from his team-mates in the dressing room.
Baros, who is currently with Turkish side Galatasaray having played for Liverpool and Aston Villa earlier in his career, played 93 times for the Czechs, scoring 41 goals. He was the top scorer at Euro 2004 with five goals.
A report on fotbal.cz, the federation's official site, stated: "(Baros' retirement) had been speculated about for some time. The 30-year-old has been the subject of sharp criticism, culminating in the first Euro 2012 match against Russia. When Baros was substituted, some fans booed him."
The federation said Baros was expected to make an official statement later on Friday.
Rosicky, meanwhile, was unable to play any part in that encounter, stripping the Czechs of their skipper and most creative influence.
The Arsenal playmaker admits another niggling knock, this time to his Achilles, means he must think long and hard about whether he will pull on the colours of his country again.
"I would love to continue, but on the other hand I'm not the youngest anymore and have had problems with my fitness," the 31-year-old told the Gunners' official website.
"I will take time to think about it. As I say, I would love to continue but I'm not stupid - I know I'm getting older and have to think about what is good for me."