Euro 2016 round-up: Petr Cech retiring from international football; Pepe injury update

The 34-year-old says he wants to fully focus on his career at Premier League club Arsenal. Cech has been a mainstay on the Czech national team since his 2002 debut, a 2-0 victory over Hungary. He has played a record 124 matches for his country since.
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Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech says he is retiring from international football.

The 34-year-old says he wants to fully focus on his career at Premier League club Arsenal. Cech has been a mainstay on the Czech national team since his 2002 debut, a 2-0 victory over Hungary. He has played a record 124 matches for his country since.

The highlight of his international career came at the 2004 European Championship when the Czechs reached the semifinals. He helped the team qualify for every continental championship since and played in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

His last match in the national jersey was a 2-0 loss to Turkey in the final group stage game at Euro 2016 in France on June 21.

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Pepe trained away from his Portugal teammates during training on Friday before Sunday’s European Championship final against France.

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The central defender failed to recover from a thigh muscle injury in time to play in the semifinal against Wales, which Portugal won 2-0.

There has been no update from Portugal on the condition of Real Madrid’s Pepe, who was doing ball work with a member of the Portuguese staff on Friday at the team’s training base south of Paris.

Pepe has been on excellent form in France, reining in his famed hot temper and organizing Portugal’s defence.

Referee for final named

Uefa says English referee Mark Clattenburg will handle the European Championship final.

Clattenburg completes a big match hat trick after officiating at the Uefa Champions League final and English FA Cup final in May.

He follows Pedro Proenca of Portugal in 2012 in refereeing Uefa’s two highest profile matches back to back.

Clattenburg has handled three previous matches at Euro 2016, though none involving the two teams playing at Stade de France on Sunday.

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Published: July 8, 2016 04:00 AM

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