New faces in the national team: Sabrin Sburlea and Adrian Salageanu
Razvan Lucescu has announced the squad that will fly to Cyprus, for the last two tests ahead of the vital game against Bosnia, that will be played in Zenica, on the 26th of March:
- Goalkeepers: Pantilimon (Poli Timisoara), Tatarusanu (Steaua), Lung Jr. (Universitatea Craiova);
- Defenders: Sapunaru (FC Porto), Rapa (Otelul Galati), Maftei (CFR Cluj), Tamas (WBA), Gardos (Steaua), Papp (FC Vaslui), M. Constantin (Rapid), Rat (Shakthar), Radu (Lazio), Salageanu (Otelul Galati);
- Midfielders: Torje (Dinamo), Roman (Rapid), Alexa (Poli Timisoara), Apostol (Unirea Chiajna), Muresan (CFR Cluj), Florescu (Alania), Ilie (Otelul Galati), Zicu (Poli Timisoara), Deac (Schalke 04);
- Forwards: D. Niculae (AS Monaco), Stancu (Galatasaray), Bucur (Kuban), Sburlea (Rapid), Marica (Stuttgart), L. Ganea (Dinamo).
With Chivu allowed to stay with Inter, as he had the busiest schedule of all, during this start of year, there’s an obvious tendency to test some very promising youngsters, like Papp, Gardos and Rapa, but the problem is that they could be sollutions where Romania boasts the most quality players: in defense.
Taking a look at the called-up midfielders, we can’t spot a single new face, with Lucescu sticking to the same group, even though there was an obivous lack of quality, especially in the “creative department”. The only central midfielder with some playmaking ability is Apostol, who left Steaua as a free player and will feature for Unirea in the second half of the season, a relegation threatened club, as he was unable to find himself a team abroad! In attack, there’s recognition for Ganea’s development and encouragement for Rapid’s Sburlea, who has been showing some promise for more than two years, but still needs to turn into a goalscorer. We also notice the return of Gigel Bucur, who was considered useless as long as Kuban Krasnodar played second league football in Russia, which apparently won’t happen to Florescu, who still gets the nod, even though he recently relegated with Alania. Strange stuff…