10 September 2014 00:25
Turkey coach Fatih Terim slammed his players and warned he would not hesitate to make changes after their 3-0 loss in Iceland on Tuesday.
Terim’s side made a horrendous start in their bid to reach Euro 2016 from Group A as Iceland embarrassed them in Reykjavik.
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson all scored for Iceland, while Turkey had Omer Toprak sent off for a second yellow card in the 59th minute.
Patience among Turkish football fans is not high after three successive failures to make major tournaments.
And although the increase from 16 to 24 teams in the European Championship means they should reach the 2016 tournament in France, this was not a good start.
Terim – who said he was “very much disappointed” with the result, added: “I was worried before the game that the team was not totally ready.
“I congratulate Iceland, they played better than us and we deserved the loss. I hope that such a thing will not happen again.
“If we had not dropped down to 10 men, we might have brought the game to a draw.
“Only players who can cope with this level of football will continue with us. The national team is where you should perform 100 per cent.”