Tomas Rosicky will not be retiring from international football any time soon, according the Czech Republic general manager Wladimir Smicer.
Rosicky is yet to make an appearance for Arsenal this season as he continues to struggle with an Achilles injury picked up while on international duty at Euro 2012.
The 32-year-old is expected to return for the Gunners in the coming weeks but Smicer has moved to dismiss talk that the midfielder could retire from international football, in order to prolong his Arsenal career in the middle of the Czech Republic’s attempts to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
"Tomas wants to see through this qualification and get the job done," he told isport.blesk.cz. "He is lured by the prospect of playing the World Cup finals in Brazil."
Asked if Rosicky could be put under pressure by Arsenal to retire from international football, Smicer admitted: "It may happen and Arsene Wenger may try it.”
Rosicky ended last season in superb form for Arsenal, and was named the north London club’s player of the month for March and April.
Smicer says he is keen to get Rosicky back on the pitch as soon as possible, but insists the former Borussia Dortmund player mustn’t be rushed in his rehabilitation.
"He has not been in a sharp fixture for two or three months now, so he has to ease the training burden for one or two days so that his body gets used gradually,” the former Liverpool player commented.
"He told me he would be glad if he was in contention for a match within two or three weeks if everything goes well."
The Czech Republic resume their pursuit of a World Cup spot when they take on Malta next week, before they play hosts to Bulgaria four days later.