"I can confirm this. This was my last game," he said after the last Group 3 qualifier in which the Czechs were held to a surprise goalless draw by Northern Ireland. The Czechs ended third in Group 3, trailing winners Slovakia by six points and runners-up Slovenia by four.
"It's been a wonderful ten years," said the 32-year-old former Banik Ostrava, Napoli and Udinese player, who has won 78 caps, scoring eleven times for his country.
Czech coach Ivan Hasek also confirmed he would quit after the match with Northern Ireland, a move he had announced when he took over the national team in July, shortly after he was elected head of the Czech Football Association.
"Yes, it was [the last game]," said the 46-year-old former Sparta Prague and Strasbourg player and manager, capped 56 times for his country. His former Sparta team-mate and now assistant Michal Bilek, 44, seems to be the most likely replacement, according to Czech media.
The Czechs, who played at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ and all UEFA Euro tournaments between 1996 and 2008, started the 2010 campaign as odds-on favourites in Group 3. But they ended up pinning their hopes on San Marino in vain, as the minnows lost at home to Slovenia who clinched a spot in the play-offs after a comfortable 3-0 win. Slovakia beat Poland 1-0 to reach the finals.