Pudil hopes Owls can be his international rescue

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His national team has secured its place at Euro 2016 and Daniel Pudil is determined to book his place on the plane to France too.

Czech Republic have dropped just four points on their way to qualification for the European Championships, emerging from Group A alongside surprise package Iceland.

Pudil has won 27 caps for his country but only one of those came during the current qualifying campaign and he has not been called up for duty since November last year.

He admits that is part of the reason why he jumped at the chance to leave Watford and join Sheffield Wednesday on a season-long loan.

“International football was a reason why I wanted to move from Watford,” he said.

“If you’re not playing 70 to 80 per cent of games in a season then you don’t have a chance to go international games.

“But first of all I have to prove myself here at Sheffield Wednesday.

“It is up to me now and that is normal. If I play games maybe I can be in the squad.

“I don’t mind if I don’t play and I am just in the squad. It is an honour to be just in the squad.

“I am still a good player and I think I can play international football.”

Czech Republic host Turkey tonight in Prague in their penultimate qualification match before travelling to the Netherlands on Tuesday with the under-performing Dutch desperate for a victory in their hunt for a play-off place.

Pudil confesses he will have a tough time making future squads due to the quality of Czech players.

He said: “We have already qualified and I would like to be involved.

“But it isn’t up to just me. I have to play games and then I will have a chance. It is not up to me.

“The manager will decide who is going and who is not.

“Czech Republic has so many good players so it is difficult to be in the squad.”

Though returning to the national set-up is a priority for the 30-year-old, he insists success with the Owls is top of his agenda.

Pudil has impressed in his five starts for the Owls since arriving on August 28 and he netted in last weekend’s win over Preston North End.

He said: “I am not thinking about the national team right now. Sheffield Wednesday is my priority.

“I am here to work hard and do everything for the chairman and supporters, who deserve more than last year.”