Czechs hope to fi­nally score in World Cup qual­i­fy­ing

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The Czech Repub­lic has yet to score a goal in qual­i­fy­ing for the 2018 World Cup, and hopes a cou­ple of in­ex­pe­ri­enced strik­ers can make a dif­fer­ence against Nor­way.

Pa­trik Schick of Sam­p­do­ria and Mi­lan Skoda of Slavia Prague were the only two strik­ers named in the team yes­ter­day for the Nov. 11 game in Prague.

The 20-year-old Schick has played only two in­ter­na­tional matches be­fore, while the 30year-old Skoda had made 14 ap­pear­ances.

In Group C, the Czechs have so far been held to 0-0 draws at home by North­ern Ire­land and Azer­bai­jan, and were beaten 3-0 at Ger­many.

The Czechs will be miss­ing key mid­field­ers To­mas Rosicky of Sparta Prague and Vladimir Darida of Hertha Ber­lin be­cause of in­juries.

Czech Repub­lic squad

Goal­keep­ers: To­mas Koubek (Sparta Prague), To­mas Va­clik (FC Basel), Jiri Pavlenka (Slavia Prague)

De­fend­ers: Jakub Brabec (Genk), Theodor Ge­bre Se­lassie (Werder Bre­men), Pavel Kader­abek (Hof­fen­heim), To­mas Kalas (Ful­ham), Filip No­vak (Midtjyl­land), Daniel Pudil (Sh­effield Wed­nes­day), To­mas Si­vok (Bur­sas­por), Marek Suchy (FC Basel)

Mid­field­ers: Borek Dockal (Sparta Prague), Lukas Droppa (Tom Tomsk), To­mas Ho­rava (Vik­to­ria Plzen), Ladislav Kre­jci (Bologna), Jiri Skalak (Brighton)

For­wards: Pa­trik Schick (Sam­p­do­ria), Mi­lan Skoda (Slavia Prague)

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