By Nick Ames in Warsaw
Tomas Rosicky will take time to think about his international future after seeing his Czech Republic side exit Euro 2012 at the quarter-final stage.
The Czech captain, who missed the defeat to Portugal due to an Achilles injury, admits that he is tempted by the prospect of leading his side into the next World Cup.
But he knows that, at 31, there are a number of factors to consider.
“I would love to continue, but on the other hand I’m not the youngest anymore and have had problems with my fitness,” he told Arsenal.com after Thursday's game.
“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.”
There had been varying reports as to whether Rosicky would participate in Thursday's game, following the injury he picked up in the Czech Republic's win over Greece. But he says there were no 'mind games' involved as he worked hard to regain fitness.
“If you’re in a big tournament like this then of course you want to play, so I tried until the very last minute for it to be possible, but it wasn’t,” he said.
“Where the injury is concerned, I have no idea right now. I spoke with the people from Arsenal after the Greece game, so I’ll go back and they will check on me.”