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Jan Žambůrek earns maiden Czech Republic Under-21 Call-Up

Attacker included for upcoming European Championship Qualifiers

30 September 2021

Jan Žambůrek has been included in the Czech Republic Under-21 squad for the first time as he returns to the international fold after an 18-month absence.

Injury and Covid-19 rescheduling has kept the 20-year-old out of international contention since February 2020 but now he returns as Jan Suchopárek names his squad for a double-header next month against Kosovo. 

The Czechs have made a fast start in Group G, winning their opening two games against Slovenia and Albania to nil. Now they face a Kosovo side who sit fifth in the group following defeat to England last time out. 

The two sides meet first at the Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri in Pristina next Thursday, 7 October, kick-off 6pm before the return game at the Stadion Střelecký ostrov, České Budějovice, on Tuesday 12 October, kick-off 5pm. 

Jan has been a key part of the Czech youth sides in recent years, earning 45 caps between Under-15 and Under-19 level, scoring five goals. In January 2020, he was named runner-up in the Czech Republic Young Player of the Year award and was also named as a standby player for this summer's Under-21 European Championships in Hungary and Slovenia. 

Jan came through the ranks at Slavia Praha in Czech Republic before joining Brentford B in the summer of 2018. The following February, Jan became the first player born in the 2000s to appear in a competitive match for the Club when he made his debut against Hull City at Griffin Park. Aged 18, Jan was officially promoted to the First Team squad in August 2019 and made his full league debut against Blackburn Rovers that November. He has played 29 games for The Bees, 23 of them in the Championship and nine during last season's promotion-winning campaign. 


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