Turkey coach Fatih Terim on Thursday axed striker Halil Altintop, midfielder Yildiray Basturk and defender Ibrahim Kas from UEFA EURO 2008 squad.

Terim announced his final 23-man squad at a news conference at Bielefeld, Germany, where the team has been training since 17 May.

Terim was forced to add defender Emre Gungor to his original 26-man squad as this month as a possible replacement for Servet Cetin, who is recovering from an injury.

At the weekend, he removed Gokhan Gonul from the squad after the defender developed an edema in his right foot.

Turkey squad

Goalkeepers: Volkan Demirel (Fenerbahce), Rustu Recber (Besiktas), Tolga Zengin (Trabzonspor)

Defenders: Ugur Boral (Fenerbahce), Sabri Sarioglu, Servet Cetin, Hakan Kadir Balta, Emre Gungor (Galatasaray), Gokhan Zan (Besiktas), Emre Asik (Ankaraspor)

Midfielders: Mehmet Aurelio, Kazim Kazim (Fenerbahce), Mehmet Topal, Ayhan Akman, Arda Turan (Galatasaray), Emre Belozoglu (Newcastle United/ENG), Tumer Metin (Larissa/GRE), Hamit Altintop (Bayern Munich/GER), Tuncay Sanli (Middlesbrough/ENG)

Forwards: Gokdeniz Karadeniz (Rubin Kazan/RUS), Nihat Kahveci (Villareal/ESP), Semih Senturk (Fenerbahce), Mevlut Erdinc (Sochaux/FRA)