Kovac and Spector called up

West Ham United midfielder Radoslav Kovac has been named in the Czech Republic squad for their forthcoming FIFA 2010 World Cup qualifier against Slovenia on Saturday 28 March.

The on-loan Spartak Moscow man, who has made five appearances since his temporary move from Russia at the end of January, will hope to add to his tally of 29 caps and two goals for his country at the Petrol Arena in Celje.

The Czechs will also host Slovakia at the Sparta Stadium in Prague on Wednesday 1 April, with Petr Rada's squad planning to improve their current position of fourth in European Qualifying Group Three.

Meanwhile, defender Jonathan Spector is back in the United States squad for their own World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago. The 23-year-old, who has 12 caps, will be hoping to feature as Bob Bradley's team continue their bid to reach South Africa by taking on El Salvador at the Estadio Cuscatlan on Saturday before returning home to host Trinidad and Tobago at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee next Wednesday.

The United States have played just one of their ten CONCACAF Final Round qualifiers, beating Sven Goran Eriksson's Mexico 2-0 in Columbus, Ohio on 11 February.

Hammers captain Lucas Neill will lead Australia into their Asian Round Four Group A qualifier against Uzbekistan at Stadium Australia in Sydney on 1 April. The Socceroos go into the fixture two points clear of Japan at the top of their five-team group. Should they finish in the top two, Australia will qualify for their second consecutive World Cup finals.