Emre, the Newcastle midfielder has been included in Turkey’s final squad of 23, for the Euro 2008 Championships to begin on June 7th.
Emre – makes full Turkey squad for Euro 2008
Midfielder Yildiray Basturk, defender Ibrahim Kas and striker Halil Altintop have been dropped from the provisional Turkey squad for Euro 2008.
The trio have joined striker Hakan Sukur as omissions for the tournament in Austria and Switzerland. Altintop’s twin brother, Hamit, has been included, after recovering from a broken foot in March.
Middlesbrough striker Tuncay Sanli is also included in the squad, as is the reported Newcastle transfer target, 21 year-old winger Arda Turan.
Right-back Gokhan Gonul of Bayern Munich has been forced out of the squad after bruising a metatarsal in his right foot. He sustained the injury against Belarus on 26th March and was sidelined for the rest of the German season.
Turkey will play a friendly against Finland tomorrow, before taking on the Czech Republic, Portugal and Switzerland in Group A of Euro 2008.
Goalkeepers: Volkan Demirel (Fenerbahce), Rustu Recber (Besiktas), Tolga Zengin (Trabzonspor)
Defenders: Gokhan Zan (Besiktas), Sabri Sarioglu (Galatasaray), Emre Asik (Ankaraspor), Servet Cetin (Galatasaray), Emre Gungor (Galatasaray), Hakan Balta (Galatasaray), Ugur Boral, Gokhan Gonul (Fenerbahce)
Midfielders: Mehmet Aurelio (Fenerbahce), Mehmet Topal (Galatasaray), Arda Turan (Galatasaray), Ayhan Akman (Galatasaray), Emre Belozoglu (Newcastle), Tumer Metin (Larissa), Hamit Altintop (Bayern Munich), Gokdeniz Karadeniz (Rubin Kazan)
Forwards: Nihat Kahveci (Villarreal), Semih Senturk (Fenerbahce), Mevlut Erdinc (Sochaux), Tuncay Sanli (Middlesbrough), Colin Kazim-Richards (Fenerbahce)