FIFA ranking: 2

Coach: Karel Bruckner

Key players: Pavel Nedved, Tomas Rosicky, Milan Baros

World Cup record: First appearance (eight as Czechoslovakia, including runners-up 1938, 1962)

Qualifying route: Defeated Norway in European playoffs

Key question: The Czechs impressed plenty of people at Euro 2004 and followed that up by being the highest scoring European team in qualifying. Can they score enough goals to make a big impact?

Squad:

Goalkeepers #
Petr Cech 1
Jaromir Blazek 16
Antonin Kinsky 23
Defenders
Zdenek Grygera 2
Pavel Mares 3
Marek Jankulovski 6
Martin Jiranek 13
Tomas Ujfalusi 21
David Rozehnal 22
Midfielders
Tomas Galasek 4
Radoslav Kovac 5
Vladimir Smicer 7
Karel Poborsky 8
Tomas Rosicky 10
Pavel Nedved 11
David Jarolim 14
Jiri Stajner 17
Jan Polak 19
Jaroslav Plasil 20
Forwards
Jan Koller 9
Vratislav Lokvenc 12
Milan Baros 15
Marek Heinz 18

Group matches:

v USA, 16:00 GMT, Monday 12th June - Gelsenkirchen

v Ghana, 16:00 GMT, Saturday 17th June - Cologne

v Italy, 14:00 GMT, Thursday 22nd June - Hamburg