Liverpool midfielder Sahin confident Turkey will qualify for World Cup

The Reds' ace believes his country are on the right 'path' towards reaching Brazil in two years time, while he is not fazed about competition for places in the squad
Nuri Sahin is "certain" that Turkey have what it takes to qualify for the World Cup in 2014, as the side prepare to kick off their qualification campaign on Friday.

The Crescent-Stars have failed to participate in the last two major international tournaments, but reached the semi-finals of both Japan and South Korea in 2002 and Euro 2008.

Speaking ahead of Turkey's first qualifier against Netherlands, Sahin claimed the team has been given a sense of direction by new coach Abdullah Avci, and are more than equipped to book their place in the showpiece event.

"We are on the right path, I'm certain we'll be there in 2014," the midfielder told reporters.

"Competition is necessary in every team, we would all like to have starting positions. However, it's up to the coach."

As well as the Oranje, Turkey have also been paired with Andorra, Estonia, Hungary and Romania in Group D.