Arsenal legend backs Turkey to reach Euro 2016 quarter-finals

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Turkey go into Euro 2016 as underdogs with the bookmakers pricing the Crescent Stars at 80.00 to win the tournament.

However, former Arsenal defender and football pundit Martin Keown thinks Turkey are being underestimated and believes they can progress to the quarter-final stage and beyond.

Keown was quoted in the Daily Mail as saying: “Few will fancy Turkey’s chances of finishing ahead of Spain in a challenging group. But until defeat by England last month they were unbeaten in a year and will hope for a quarter-final spot or beyond.”

The ex Arsenal man also feels that Arda Turan could be the Crescent-Stars stand out man in France and that Bayer Leverkusen star Hakan Calhanoglu is the one to watch.

Fatih Terim has picked a youthful side with rising stars such as 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Emre Mor, Fenerbahce rising star Ozan Tufan and Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup among several others.

Turkey have only lost once in their last 16 games and have made it to the semi-final stage in their last two major tournaments – the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2008.

The Crescent-Stars will take on Spain, Croatia and the Czech Republic in Group D going into Euro 2016.

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