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Turkey goalkeeper Rustu retires

Rustu Recber
Rustu was given his chance after Volkan Demirel's ban

Turkey goalkeeper Rustu Recber has announced his international retirement following his team's 3-2 defeat to Germany in the Euro 2008 semi-finals.

"I served with pride, glory and honour for 14 years," he said the day after winning his 118th and final cap.

"I am proud of my team-mates. Everybody in Turkey should get behind them because this team can achieve a lot."

Rustu was second-choice goalkeeper until Volkan Demirel was banned for two matches after the final group game.


The 35-year-old, who shone in Turkey's run to the 2002 World Cup semi-final, was at fault for Croatia's goal in the 1-1 quarter-final draw.

But he became a hero just minutes later, saving a penalty in the shoot-out to send Turkey through.

see also
Germany 3-2 Turkey
25 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Germany v Turkey as it happened
25 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Coach Low targets Euro final win
25 Jun 08 |  Germany

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