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    Croatia's Ivan Rakitic has declared himself fit ahead of Friday's Euro 2008 quarter-final against Turkey.

    Darijo Srna has also overcome a thigh strain and should start but knee injuries have ruled Dario Knezevic and Igor Budan out of the tournament.

    Turkey goalkeeper and captain Volkan Demirel is suspended so 35-year-old Rustu Recber is set for his 117th cap.

    Defender Servet Cetin has a knee injury and Mehmet Aurelio is banned while Emre Gungor and Gokhan Zan may miss out too.

    Coach Fatih Terim said: "We have 15 footballers, two goalkeepers and we can make three substitutions. That is what we have."

    Rakitic, who was struggling with a knee problem, told reporters: "I am 100%. I came through training without any problems and I can't wait for the match to begin.

    "We know what we are capable of and we want to prove our worth against the Turks."

    Rakitic, according to users of the BBC's Player Rater, is the eighth highest-rated midfielder at Euro 2008 so far with an average mark of 7.3.

    Meanwhile, reserve defender Dario Knezevic has a knee injury, while striker Igor Budan has foot problem.

    Croatia's captain, Niko Kovac, has announced he will end his international career after the tournament

    "This could be my last match for Croatia, but let's hope it isn't as I have a feeling we can do much more here than just the quarter-finals," said the 36-year-old Red Bull Salzburg midfielder.

    Kovac has made 78 appearances for his country, scoring 13 goals.


    Croatia are unbeaten in three previous matches against Turkey (one win and two draws).

    At Euro '96 Croatia beat Turkey 1-0 in the group stage, through an 85th-minute goal by Goran Vlaovic. Fatih Terim was also head coach of Turkey in that match, while Croatia's current head coach, Slaven Bilic, played in that game.

    Head to head records and significant meetings

    Team facts - Croatia

    Equalled their best ever performance in European Championships. In 1996, the Croatians managed to reach the last eight with Slaven Bilic present as a player.

    Croatia and the Netherlands became the sixth and seventh teams to win all three group matches at a European Championship. The previous five teams all made it to at least the semi-finals. Spain can also join this list if they beat Greece on Wednesday, 18 June.

    Undefeated in six international matches, following a 3-0 friendly defeat against the Netherlands in February.

    Croatia and the Netherlands have conceded only one goal in the group phase, which is the fewest of all Euro 2008 teams.

    Team facts - Turkey

    Equalled their best ever performance in European Championship finals. At Euro 2000, Turkey also reached the quarter-finals, only to be eliminated by Portugal.

    Trailed in all three group matches at Euro 2008 and still managed to win two of them (2-1 vs Switzerland and 3-2 vs Czech Republic).

    With a total of 11 cards (10 yellows and one red), Turkey have amassed more cards than any other team at Euro 2008.

    Most cards shown to Euro 2008 quarter-finalists from the group phase

    Player facts - Croatia

    Danijel Pranjic is the only player to have completed all three of Croatia's group matches.

    Dario Simic can become the first player to win 100 caps for Croatia. He is the only player to have appeared in all three European Championship participations (1996, 2004 and 2008) of Croatia.

    Robert Kovac, Josip Simunic, Luka Modric, Darijo Srna, Jerko Leko, Ognjen Vukojevic and Hrvoje Vejic have all received a yellow card and will be suspended for a possible semi-final match if booked.

    Player facts - Turkey

    By scoring twice at Euro 2008, Arda Turan and Nihat Kahveci have equalled Hakan Sukur as Turkey's joint top scorers in European Championship history.

    Goalkeeper Rustu Recber is Turkey's most capped player ever with 116 internationals. He was in goal for all seven of Turkey's matches at Euro 96 and Euro 2000. He will break the record he shares with four others if and when he makes his first appearance at Euro 2008.

    At the age of 35, Rustu can become the oldest player ever to play for Turkey at the European Championship.

    Mehmet Aurelio and goalkeeper Volkan Demirel are suspended for this match.

    Emre Asik, Mehmet Topal, Arda Turan, Tuncay Sanli, Hakan Balta, Gokhan Zan, Colin Kazim-Richards and Sabri Sarioglu will miss a possible semi-final match if they receive a yellow card.
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