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Tugay Set For Turkey Comeback

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Tugay has amazingly been called out of International retirement by Turkey; Mark Hughes now fears the maestro could face "burn out" in the latter part of the season.

Even though Tugay officially retired from the International scene more than three-years ago, November 2003 to be exact after Turkey had failed to come through their European Championship play off's for the Finals in 2004, he has been named in their squad for next weeks match with Georgia.

"It's a big ask for him because he's got a lot of games coming up and we've protected him somewhat.

"Three games in a week is a big ask for Tugay and the extra travelling won't help either.

"But I think they've had a change of manager and the new guy is quite adamant that he wants him to go."

I don't know how things work on the International stage, but Chelsea's Claude Makelele, who also announced his retirement from International football with France (again) after the World Cup has been forced to play on this season despite appeals to FIFA. Hughes added:

"He's very proud of his country, obviously, and he'll go and do his best.

"But our concern is he's got lots of games coming up and he will need protecting."

Meanwhile on the subject of International call up's, or lack of Hughes was surprised that David Bentley was overlooked by Steve McClaren on Friday when he announced his 28 man squad for the friendly with Spain next week.

"I'm a little bit surprised I suppose. I think Bentley had a decent enough chance for the full squad", said Hughes.

"Being in the Under 21s is an honour, but I thought maybe, given the manner of his performances over the last couple of months, he possibly warranted a call-up to the senior side.

"I'm not sure what options Steve McClaren has on that right-hand side, but David has been playing exceptionally well.

"He played really well in midweek against Frank Lampard and I just thought that might have tipped the selection in his favour at senior level."

You are always proud to play for your country but if you call time on an International career surely this should be respected shouldn't it? If Tugay is in a similar position to Makelele how either can be forced to play is beyond me. Can anyone be forced out of retirement if asked to by their country, could this happen to Brad Friedel? If anyone knows the full story, and why players HAVE to play for their country when they've announced their retirement please do share...

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 3 2007

Time: 10:46AM

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Obviously if I were Turkish I'd be thrilled at having him back, as I'm sure those of you that are out there are but at the same time if a player was being made to do so after retiring (if this is the case with the Maestro?) can you take pleasure out of that? The side effects of extra games not to mention extra travel will be bad for Rovers. How is it players that retire can be made to play on?
Hughes Da Man
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03/02/2007 10:51:00

As for Sparky on Bents couldn't agree more, and have already on another article.
Hughes Da Man
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03/02/2007 10:52:00

Hughes is bang on with regard to Bentley!
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03/02/2007 16:07:00

With regard to Tuggers being recalled, i think thats fabulous as this guy truly deserves that 100th cap! maybe just pick him for qualifiers, thats fine with me, provided Tuggers WANTS to be recalled!
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03/02/2007 16:08:00

From the sounds of it I'm not overly sure he did? Seems like it could be a similar thing to Makelele, whatever that is?!?! Bents SHOULD have been in, especially with 28 selected!
Hughes Da Man
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03/02/2007 17:39:00

How was David bentley not in the full squad when Jermaine Jenas is in there??!?!?! he's ten times the player Jenas is and can really affect the game ina positive way. Ridiculous decision.
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04/02/2007 18:32:00

As for Tugay... good on him but him playing for Turkey would be better for us if Robbie and Reidy weren't injured. we would then have a more cover if the worst should happen.
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04/02/2007 18:33:00

Shocking isn't it, Jenas RARELY gets any sign of a look in, seems a token selection to me most of the time! If Bents was at Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd or even Tottenham or Newcastle, without doubt Middlesbrough he'd be in! With regards to Tugay I'm still unsure if this was his decision or not? My thinking is (I need this clarified if anyone can?) he's been recalled in a similar way to the way Makelele is having to play for France?
Hughes Da Man
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04/02/2007 19:22:00

I think he still wants to play for his country. His original decision I think was based on his age (like Big Bad Brad.) He wanted to prolong his playing career at club level. Will be interesting to see how this works out.
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