Chelsea stopper Petr Cech has recalled one of the finest moments of his career on the eve of the U21 European Championships in Denmark.

The Czech Republic international was part of his nation's U21 side that beat France in the tournament's 2002 final, with Cech saving two penalties in the shootout.

A glittering career has since followed, but despite winning silverware at Stamford Bridge, he still recalls the victory in Basel as one of the great moments in his life to-date.

"It remains one of the best victories in my career," Cech told

"I have been playing for one of the best teams in the world (Chelsea) for the last seven years. I have won the top league three times and the FA Cup three times. I have lots of victories behind me but the Under-21 win is something special.


"I represented my country and became a European champion. It doesn't matter that it wasn't in the senior category. It is still very precious and not everyone gets to experience such pride."

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