Koller reiterates Czech retirement

Czech Republic's record all-time marksman Jan Koller has confirmed his retirement from international football, despite pleas from coach Petr Rada to change his mind.

The 35-year-old, scorer of 55 goals in 90 appearances for his country, said that he had spoken to Rada several times but opted to keep his word and retire.

"We (Petr Rada) spoke to each other often and I reached the conclusion it was better to call it a day," Koller told Prague daily Sport.

"I saw how the guys played against England (2-2 draw in a friendly at Wembley on 20 August) and they played really well. There is no need for me to return.

"I've already said that I would retire and it is important to keep my word," added Koller, who is presently playing for Russian side Samara.

Koller, who retired after the Czechs went out in the first round at UEFA EURO 2008, has played for several clubs including Sparta Prague, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco.