Sukur's joy at Rio absence
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The FA took the decision following the Manchester United defender's failure to attend a scheduled drug test, which has thrown Sven Goran Eriksson's plans for the game into disarray.
Turkish captain Sukur believes the Turks have been handed a massive boost ahead of Saturday's game in Istanbul, believing England will be greatly weakened by the absence of the world's most expensive defender.
Sukur revealed: "Ferdy is very dangerous in the air, almost impossible to beat when on form.
"Without him in the England team we are much more comfortable. I will play even with a broken leg."
The Galatasaray star's sentiments were backed up by Turkey's technical director Can Cobanoglu:
"If Ferdinand played there would have been some problems.
"We are much more relaxed now. This gives us great pleasure. Rio is a very important player for the English team and we know he is the world's most expensive defender.
"He is one of the key motivators for England during games."
Cobanoglu also added to the stopper's problems by saying he would be left a football leper in Turkey if he failed to take the drug test.
"If a player rejected a drug's test here, then first our public would reject him, even before the football authorities do," added Cobanoglu.
"The Turkish public don't like to use drugs. That is a very important point because it is our culture.
"If players use drugs, then the Turkish team will also turn on him. There would be no way back for him into the national team."