Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

THE DREAM GOES ON FOR RISING STAR KAZIM-RICHARDS; CROATIA V TURKEY Tonight, Kick-Off 1945 TV: BBC1

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

THE DREAM GOES ON FOR RISING STAR KAZIM-RICHARDS; CROATIA V TURKEY Tonight, Kick-Off 1945 TV: BBC1

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COLIN Kazim-Richards is set to complete his journey from League Two to Euro 2008 quarter-finalist when Turkey face Croatia in Vienna tonight.

The 21-year-old, who was born in Leytonstone, started at Bury before moves to Brighton, Sheffield United, then Fenerbahce a year ago, just after he made a choice on which country to represent.

"I had to make a choice between Turkey and England and I opted for Turkey, because success is more appreciated there," he wrote in an open letter to fans in a book called Letters to Euro 2008.

Kazim-Richards, nicknamed "Coca- Cola Kid" after a fan won a sponsored competition for the money to buy him from Bury, is expected to feature at Ernst Happel Stadium as Turkey have been struggling with injuries and suspensions.

"I have 15 players and two goalkeepers," said coach Fatih Terim.

Goalkeeper Volkan and midfielder Mehmet Aurelio are suspended, while Emre Gungor has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament.

Elsewhere, Servet will not make the game, and fellow centre-back Emre Asik is recovering from a head injury against Switzerland, while Gokhan Zan is not yet fully fit after a knee injury.

Former Newcastle midfielder Emre Belozoglu and Tumer Metin are also struggling - with hamstring and groin problems respectively.

The coach has refused to call up a replacement to ease his injury worries and will not abandon his approach, insisting he will not play for penalties against Croatia.

"I didn't train for penalties in the last match and I haven't talked about extra time," he added. "I hope we finish everything in 90 minutes or before that. We are also ready for other options. We have no change in our philosophy."

"I've always said I'm confident in the squad and will not call anyone up. This has been my stance from the beginning and there are no excuses."

Despite the disruption this week, Terim is hoping his side will continue with the momentum gained after coming from two goals down against the Czech Republic to earn a place in the last eight. …

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