Nihat confident of victory
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Real Sociedad forward has played down fears over trouble at the encounter, as he expects the game to pass off without incident, preferring to focus on the task of beating England in Istanbul.
Turkey need a win, while England will qualify for Euro 2004 with a draw, and Nihat is confident his country will emerge victorious.
"It is the last match and if we win we qualify," the Turk told Eurosport News. "We normally prepare well for these types of games, even more so if it is a knockout with one match bringing the glory, and this has been no different.
"We are the home side and the advantage is with us, but if we want to beat England we have to avoid mistakes.
"All the players are conscious of the importance of the game and are focused on getting the right result."
Trouble at the first game between the two sides in Sunderland overshadowed England's 2-0 win, with fears over a repeat in Turkey prompting The FA to return their ticket allocation.
Nihat, though, feels the English media have blown the incidents out of all proportion and believes the game will pass off without incident.
"It is going to be an important match," he said. "In the media in England they are focusing too much on the problems and I don't agree with that.
"I think it will be a game played between gentlemen and our fans will know this.
"No one has to worry and I think it will be a game without trouble. Our fans push us forward, which helps us.
"When I went over with Real Sociedad for the Champions League, some of the players were afraid, but as soon as they went out on the pitch there were no problems."
Turkey shocked many by reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup, and Nihat believes the improvement shown in recent years is down to the efforts of the country's authorities.
"It has not been down to luck," he said. "It is down to a long period of preparation and we have had a number of good players appear over the last few years.
"In Turkey there is a new generation of players. Emre and myself are playing in Europe and we are setting the example for others who want to play in Europe and I am sure over the next few years there will be more."