Razvan Lucescu announced the squad for the friendly match versus Turkey
Goalkeepers: Bogdan Lobont (AS Rome), Costel Pantilimon (FC Timisoara), Mircea Bornescu (Rapid)
Defenders: Ovidiu Dananae (Universitatea Craiova), Cristian Panin (CFR Cluj), Gabriel Tamas (WBA), Vasile Maftei, George Galamaz (Unirea Urziceni), Razvan Rat (Shakhtar Donetsk), Mihai Nesu (FC Utrecht)
Midfielders: Razvan Cocis (Al Nasr), Banel Nicolita, Mihai Radut, Cristian Tanase (Steaua), Mirel Radoi (Al-Hilal), George Florescu (Alania), Ciprian Deac, Gabriel Muresan (CFR Cluj)
Forwards: Daniel Niculae (AS Monaco), Bogdan Stancu (Steaua), Ciprian Marica (VFB Stuttgart), Marius Bilasco (Unirea Urziceni)
Out of form and of Timisoara’s first eleven, Pantilimon will travel with the squad, but shouldn’t play. I’m surprised to see Maftei still in the team, as he’s no longer played at right back in Urziceni and Lucescu seems to have given up the idea of keep playing him on that position, since he called Dananae and Panin. Nesu’s once again back-up for the left back role, but probably just because Lazio’s Radu Stefan was unavailable. Based on form, Galamaz should be among the starters, as he’s been playing superbly, while Nicolita’s return is a nice rewards for the winger’s excellent attitude and solid start of season. Deac is hugely over-rated though and should have stayed home for this one, at least, while in attack Bilasco must keep his place among the starters, after his last solid display in the national team.
Based on the current selection, the first eleven should look like this: Bornescu – Dananae, Tamas, Galamaz, Rat – Nicolita, Radoi, Radut (Cocis), Tanase – Bilasco, D. Niculae. But I’m pretty sure we’ll start with Lobont in goal, Florescu alongside Radoi and Marica upfront…