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Turkey begin their 2016 European Championship campaign against Croatia on Sunday (12 June) at the Parc des Princes in Paris.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is at 2pm BST. Live TV coverage in the UK is available on ITV 1. Radio commentary is available on BBC Radio 5 live. Live TV coverage in India is available on Sony Six and Sony ESPN, with mobile and online coverage available on SonyLiv. Kick-off is at 6.30pm IST (Sunday).

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Turkey and Croatia share a group with favourites Spain and Czech Republic, making it a tricky group in which either of them could miss out with one bad performance. The former duo are the dark horses of the group but both teams boast of top quality individual talent.

Spain are likely to go as group winners, but the two-time back-to-back winners are looking shaky coming into the tournament and the allegations surrounding David de Gea are unlikely to help them focus on the task at hand.

Turkey will be looking to qualify as high as possible and with a forward line that involves Arda Turan, Hakan Calhanoglu, Oguzhan Ozyakup and Burak Yilmaz, they can beat any team in their group on their day. Croatia, however, do have an edge when it comes to individual talent, as they boast a Champions League winner, a La Liga winner and a Serie A winner in Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic respectively.

Luka Modric
Luka Modric is key to Croatia's prospects of progressing to the latter stages of Euro 2016 Getty

But the latter's coach Ante Cacic, has been inconsistent in terms of formation and it is still unclear with regards to their best formation. If the coach can get them to play as a team and combine their individual talents, they could well be the dark horses of the tournament.


Croatia to win

Betting odds (Betfair)

Croatia – 6/5

Draw – 9/4

Turkey – 14/5

What managers say

Ivan Rakitic (Croatia): "It is true that we have a lot of years together. I was talking to Luka [and saying] that it was time to do something serious. This Euros will be the best quality in recent years. We will do our best, We believe in our team, we have a nice mix of old and young players in big clubs.''

Fatih Terim (Turkey): "Turkey should qualify for European Championships and World Cups on a constant basis – for me, that's more important than the results in any single tournament. Being here is already a success story and when you're always here, eventually you go further. I don't want to see these tournaments without Turkey. That's the criteria of success for me."

Team News


Possible XI: Babacan - Erkin, Topal, Balta, Gonul – Inan, Tufan – Turan, Ozyakup, Calhanoglu – Yilmaz


Possible XI: Subasic – Vrsaljko, Vida, Corluka, Srna – Rakitic, Modric, Badelj – Perisic, Kovacic – Mandzukic.