Chelsea-bound Petr Cech inherited the goalkeeping gloves for the national side at the age of just 19.
Debut: 12/02/02 v Hungary
This followed his outstanding displays in his country's victory at the Under-21 European Championship.
Cech has continued to impress in the French League with Rennes and moves to London for £9m in August.
Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri has hailed him as "the best goalkeeper of his age that I have seen for a long time, we are very fortunate to have got him."
His signing will seem a snip if he can hold together the Czech Republic defence at Euro 2004 in a tough group with Holland and Germany.
At 6ft 5in, he claims the high ball very confidently and has proved particularly impressive when one-on-one with an attacker.
Did you know? Cech holds the national record for the longest time without conceding a league goal at 904 minutes whilst at Sparta Prague in 2001.