Romania coach opts for experience
Romania coach Razvan Lucescu went for an experienced line-up when he named his 23-man squad today for the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against France in Paris on 9 October.
Stalwarts Cristian Chivu and Mirel Radoi were called on again but Lucescu also included Timisoara midfielder Ianis Zicu, who scored a double yesterday against Rapid Bucharest in the Romanian league, along with Lazio defender Stefan Radu, who have not featured for three and two years respectively.
"In Paris we'll play an important but not a decisive match. I'm convinced we'll return with a good result," said Lucescu. "A draw would be very good, but we're going with the desire to win."
Lucescu said that their chances of a result were improved by the fact that France are going through what he called a "period of transition".
"Change is underway and that could be an advantage for us," he added.
Goalkeepers: Costel Pantilimon (FC Timisoara), Bogdan Lobont (Roma/ITA), Ciprian Tatarusanu (Steaua Bucharest)
Defenders: Cristian Sapunaru (FC Porto/POR), Marius Constantin (Rapid Bucharest), Vasile Maftei (Unirea Urziceni), Gabriel Tamas (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Mirel Radoi (Al-Hilal/KSA), Stefan Radu (Lazio/ITA), Razvan Rat (FC Sahtior Donetsk/UKR), Mihai Nesu (FC Utrecht/NED)
Midfielders: Mihai Roman (Rapid Bucharest), Ianis Zicu (FC Timisoara), Razvan Cocis (Al-Nassr/KSA), Costin Lazar (Rapid Bucharest), Iulian Apostol (Steaua Bucharest), George Florescu (Alania Vladikavkaz/RUS), Ciprian Deac (FC Schalke 04/GER), Cristian Chivu (Inter Milan/ITA)
Forwards: Bogdan Stancu (Steaua Bucharest), Daniel Niculae (Monaco/FRA), Ciprian Marica (VfB Stuttgart/GER), Marius Bilasco (Steaua Bucharest)