Turkey coach Fatih Terim has included a number of rising stars in his squad to take on Group C counterparts Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as Brazil next month.
Turkey coach Fatih Terim has dropped Fenerbahçe SK goalkeeper Volkan Demirel and included a number of rising stars in his squad to play Bosnia-Herzegovina and Brazil next month.
Turkey, leading UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group C, face Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo on 2 June before a friendly against Brazil in Dortmund, Germany three days later. Under-21 internationals Serdar Kurtuluş, Colin Kazım-Richards and Umut Bulut are selected for the first time while goalkeeper Serdar Kulbilge and defender Uğur Kavuk also receive maiden call-ups.
In addition, Terim recalls Turkey's most-capped player, 34-year-old keeper Rüştü Reçber, who will hope to make his 114th international appearance after six months out with a knee injury suffered against Italy. The Brazil game also represents the swansong of Blackburn Rovers FC midfielder Tugay Kerimoğlu, 36, who bows out after a career with Turkey spanning 17 years and 93 caps and will join up with the squad after the Bosnia-Herzegovina game.
Goalkeepers: Hakan Arikan (Ankaraspor AS), Serdar Kulbilge (Fenerbahçe SK), Rüştü Reçber (Fenerbahçe SK), Orkun Uşak (Kayseri Erciyesspor).
Defenders: Emre Aşık (Galatasaray SK), Servet Çetin (Sivasspor), Uğur Kavuk (Antalyaspor), Sabri Sarıoğlu (Galatasaray SK), Mehmet Topuz (Kayserispor), İbrahim Toraman (Beşiktaş JK), İbrahim Üzülmez (Beşiktaş JK), Volkan Yaman (Antalyaspor), Gökhan Zan (Beşiktaş JK).
Midfielders: Hamit Altıntop (FC Schalke 04), Mehmet Aurelio (Fenerbahçe SK), Yıldıray Baştürk (Hertha BSC Berlin), Emre Belözoglu (Newcastle United FC), Hüseyin Çimşir (Trabzonspor), Gökdeniz Karadeniz (Trabzonspor), Serdar Kurtuluş (Beşiktaş JK), Tümer Metin (Fenerbahçe SK), Nuri Şahin (BV Borussia Dortmund), Tuncay Sanli (Fenerbahçe SK), Arda Turan (Galatasaray SK), Tugay Kerimoğlu (Blackburn Rovers FC).
Forwards: Umut Bulut (Trabzonspor), Ümit Karan (Galatasaray SK), Colin Kazım-Richards (Sheffield United FC), Hakan Şükür (Galatasaray SK), Gökhan Ünal (Kayserispor).