Kaan Ayhan yet to make his international debut for Turkey [divider]
Fatih Terim did not give Schalke defender Kaan Ayhan any playing time against Brazil and Kazakhstan.
Ayhan was not used in Turkey’s humiliating 4-0 defeat against Brazil or in the Crescent-Stars 3-1 win over Kazakhstan in the Euro 2016 Group A qualification game.
The 20-year-old defender celebrated his birthday while on international duty with his teammates and a cake was cut on his behalf.
Ayhan become a regular first team player under Jens Keller and will be hoping to remain in the first team following the appointment of Di Matteo.
The young defender last started for Schalke on 25 October in the 1-0 loss against Bayer Leverkusen.
Ayhan was called up to the Turkish national team in the last round of Euro 2016 qualifiers as well but was not able to play against Czech Republic and Estonia due to an injury to a tendon in his toe.
The young defender has made 26 appearances for Schalke including starts in the Champions League despite being his young age.