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Romania boss names squad for Northern Ireland battle

By Staff Reporter

Romania manager Anghel Iordanescu has named an initial squad of 16 foreign based players for next month's Euro 2016 qualifier against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

Iordanescu will fill out his panel with domestic players after Sunday's Romanian Cup final between Cluj and Steaua Bucharest.

Fiorentina goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu is back in the squad and he will challenge Sunderland's Costel Pantilimon for the starting slot.

Bogdan Stancu, whose last appearance was against Northern Ireland back in November, also returns after missing their 1-0 win over the Faroe Islands in March. He scored both goals in their 2-0 win away to Finland last October.

There is, however, no place for experienced former defender Dorin Goian. The 34-year-old's international career could well be over.

Striker Ciprian Marica has also once again been overlooked, despite being the highest goalscorer currently available to Iordanescu.

Preliminary Romania squad: Ciprian Tatarusanu (Fiorentina), Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland), Razvan Rat (PAOK), Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham), Florin Gardos (Southampton), Dragos Grigore (Toulouse), Cosmin Moti (Ludogorets), Alexandru Matel (Dinamo Zagreb), Alexandru Maxim (VfB Stuttgart), Ovidiu Hoban (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Gabriel Torje (Konyaspor), Eric Bicfalvi (Volyn Lutsk), Lucian Sanmartean (Al Ittihad), Bogdan Stancu (Genclerbirligi), Claudiu Keseru (Al Gharafa), Florin Andone (Cordoba).

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