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Turkey's Rustu announces international retirement
June 26, 2008 17:15 IST
The match in Basel, which the Turks were unlucky to lose, was his 118th final cap.
"I am ending my international career, where I served with pride, glory and honour for 14 years," he told UEFA's [Images] official tournament website (www.euro2008.com) on Thursday.
"I would like to thank everybody who has helped me. I am proud of each of my team mates. Everybody in Turkey should get behind them because this team can achieve a lot."
Rustu was second-choice goalkeeper coming into the tournament but Volkan Demirel's two-match ban for a red card in the final group win over the Czechs gave him his chance.
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 saved a penalty in the shootout to send Turkey through.
He also made a mistake for Germany's second goal on Wednesday when he failed to claim a cross and Miroslav Klose [Images] headed in.
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