Something of a latecomer to the Czech Republic’s Euro 2012 party, Selassie made his international debut in a friendly against Peru last June and went on to play in the back end of the qualifying campaign, which ended with two starting appearances in the play-off games against Montenegro last October.
His appearance in the Czech side has caused something of a political stir, as he is the first black player to be selected for his country, yet his story still attracts some controversy. Sparta Prague were fined by the Czech FA after their supporters were found guilty of racially abusing Selassie earlier this season, but he seems uninterested in such mindless bigotry.
“The abuse has happened on several occasions and sometimes it can be really loud, but you can only ignore it,” he says the defender who has an Ethiopian father. “I am not sure how much intelligence people who shout at me may have, but the problem is for them to think about, not me.”