With the Premier League done and dusted, all roads now lead to the Euros and the first of England’s three friendlies before heading to France comes against Turkey. The Turks qualified for the Euros in third place in Group A, ahead of the Netherlands, and are set to compete in the first major international tournament since the 2008 Euros, when they finished third.
Following their disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign, England have bounced back strongly in Euro qualifiers and friendlies with a W14-D2-L2 record. Indeed, they were the only team to win all 10 of their qualifiers and did so while conceding just three goals. Their record in home friendlies since 2008 is W16-D3-L4 and those defeats have come against some of the bigger names in international football: France, Chile, Germany and the Netherlands. According to our rankings, England are the 14th best side in the world, while Turkey are 20th and England’s record when hosting sides ranked below them, but in the world’s top-50 in all internationals since 2009 is W10-D4-L1, with that sole defeat against France. Despite their strong record, England only managed five clean sheets in these matches, with both teams finding the net in 10/15 and nine seeing more than two goals.
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After a shaky start to qualification where Turkey picked up just one point from their first three games and followed that with a 4-0 defeat in a friendly with Brazil, Fatih Terim’s side have since won 10 of 13 unbeaten games, including against the Netherlands and Czech Republic in qualification. The Turks have been strong travellers under Terim with a W7-D2-L1 record going back to their last two road games in qualification for the last World Cup and when travelling to sides ranked between 10th and 25th since 2004 they’re W5-D3-L2 as they managed to find the net in eight of these games.
Turkey should provide a significant attacking threat as they boast the likes of Arda Turan, Nuri Sahin and Hakan Calhanoglu in their ranks, with the latter having an excellent season for Leverkusen, picking up two goals and five assists in their six Champions League group games. Since England have only managed four clean sheets in their last 10 home friendlies, while Turkey have managed to find the net in 11 of their last 12 away games, both teams to score looks the best bet in this one.
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