Dortmund's Nuri Sahin announces Turkey retirement

Despite being just 29 years old, Borussia Dortmund's Nuri Sahin has brought an end to his time as a Turkey international.

Nuri Sahin scored on his Turkey debut in a 2-1 victory over Germany in 2005 to become his country's youngest senior international and goal-scorer at the age of 17.   -  Getty Images

Turkey midfielder Nuri Sahin has retired from international football to allow a new generation of players to establish themselves in the squad.

Sahin, 29, found the net on his Turkey debut in a 2-1 victory over Germany, the country of his birth, in 2005 to become its youngest senior international and goal-scorer aged 17.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder went on to make 51 appearances for the national team, but his only outing at a major finals came in the 3-0 defeat to Spain at Euro 2016.

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Sahin has now opted to bring his time with Turkey to an end, citing a desire to afford greater opportunities to younger players.

"I believe with conviction and enthusiasm in the new generation of young Turkish players and I am convinced that if we support them with a good plan in the next 10 to 15 years they will be able to achieve great success," Sahin wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.

"I am ending my career in the national team because I want to let the youth take precedence.

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"During my career, I have had many opportunities and valuable experiences. I will always be in close contact with Turkish football and ready to help as much as I can."

Turkey failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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