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Arsenal's Petr Cech considering retirement from Czech Republic national side

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Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech is considering retirement from international football in order to prolong his career with Arsenal.

The 33-year-old has been one of his country's best players since making his debut in 2002 and won his eighth Czech Footballer of the Year award earlier this month.

The former Chelsea shot-stopper was handed captaincy of his national side in 2007 and has made 108 appearances.

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In an interview with his own website, www.petr-cech.com, Cech cited his age as a decisive factor in comtemplating international retirement.

He said, according to the Daily Mail: "I’m turning thirty-four and it’s time for me to consider it.

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"The other day I thought, ‘isn’t it time after fourteen years on the national team to think about bringing this chapter of your life to a close?’

"Though it’s too early to say, I’m counting on the possibility. After all, I’m not getting any younger."

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The highlight of Cech's career undoubtedly came during his stay at Stamford Bridge, where he won the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup on numerous occasions.

And given his age, the veteran 'keeper now wants to focus on his club career and help Arsenal to the Premier League title.

He added: "You eventually reach a point in your career when it becomes time to come to a halt and choose a new direction, that point will come after the Euros."

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Such is the influence Cech has held at the Emirates Stadium since completing his £10 million transfer last summer, manager Arsene Wenger has hailed the shot-stopper's leadership qualities and could hand him the captain's armband next season.

Since his controversial move across London, Cech has played 36 games for the Gunners and kept 16 clean sheets.

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