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The Arsenal attacking midfielder knows that his country's opponents in Wroclaw are packed with players capable of opening up any defence, as they proved against Italy last week

CZECH REPUBLIC
GROUP A
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
P
PTS
 SPAIN 8 24
 CZECH REPUBLIC
8 13
 SCOTLAND 8 11
 LITHUANIA 8 5
 LIECHTENSTEIN 8 4
*Czech Republic secured qualification with a play-off victory over Montenegro

Tomas Rosicky has the utmost respect for Russia's attacking capabilities but is confident that the Czech Republic will make a "successful" start to their Euro 2012 campaign in Wroclaw on Friday night.

Dick Advocaat's side have been tipped up by many pundits as the tournament's dark horses on the back of their impressive 3-0 victory over Italy in Zurich last week.

Rosicky freely admits that he is very wary of the threat posed by the Russians, but he insists that the Czechs have done their homework ahead of their Group A opener.

"Russia have got dangerous midfielders and forwards," the Arsenal man acknowledged during a press conference on the eve of the game. "For tomorrow [Friday] we are very well prepared and we are looking forward to the game.

"We are expecting a really tough match. Russia are very experienced but we believe in our strengths and feel we will be successful."

At 31, Rosicky is one of the more senior members of his country's squad, but the attacking midfielder, who is expected to start against the Russians after recovering from a calf problem, is very much of the opinion that age is just a number.

"Times certainly flies, but I'm not that old," he argued. "I think I'll be able to make the next [European] Championship too."

The Czech's crucial clash with Russia is scheduled to get under way at 20:45CET.

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