By Joe Brewin
Tomas Rosicky says he is "fired up" for Euro 2012 after missing out through injury four years ago.
The Czech Republic captain enjoyed a fine season with Arsenal, claiming third place in Arsenal.com’s Player of the Season poll as voted for by the fans.
Despite a recent calf problem, Rosicky should be fit to take his place against Russia on Friday and is optimistic about his nation’s chances at the tournament.
“We could have been drawn in a harder group, but I think it will be very even,” he told the Official Arsenal Magazine. “Even if expectations in the Czech Republic are not as high as in previous years, the country still expects us to produce and we know we need to perform well.
“Speaking for myself, I missed Euro 2008 and was disappointed that we were knocked out at the semi-final stage of Euro 2004 so I’m fired up for this one.
“It’ll be a real honour to captain my country this summer - it’s a proud moment every time I wear the armband and I really enjoy it.
“I am confident that we can put on a good showing - we have some experience, with guys like Petr Cech and I, but also some good up-and-coming players like Petr Jiracek at Wolfsburg, who I think can do some good things for us.
“You can’t compare this team with some of its predecessors, the situations are different, but we will do everything we can to get through the group and go from there.”
You can read more of Tomas on Euro 2012 in the June issue of the official Arsenal Magazine. It's now available in the shops and you can subscribe online.Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 4 Jun 2012