Turkey's Rustu announces international retirement

Turkey's goalkeeper Rustu Recber (top) and Hakan Balta react after their defeat to Germany in their Euro 2008 semi-final match at St Jakob Park stadium in Basel June 25, 2008. REUTERS/Alex Grimm

BASEL (Reuters) - Turkey goalkeeper Rustu Recber has announced his international retirement following Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat by Germany in the Euro 2008 semi-finals.

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 official tournament website ( 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 headed in.

Writing by Mark Meadows, editing by Jon Bramley