Squad update

Alex Maxim, tipped by many to be Romania’s number 10, was the biggest omission from the final 23. He had not been a regular starter at Stuttgart this season and was not called up for the friendly against Spain in March, but had still been expected to make the finals squad. Maxim and Adrian Ropotan were cut from the provisional 28-man squad, along with Ioan Hora, Alin Tosca, and Andrei Ivan.

Alexandru Matel and Andrei Prepelita, who had not been expected to make the final 23, survived the cut.

Final squad


Name: Silviu Lung
Caps/goals: 3/0
Clubs: Astra
Age: 27 (04.06.89)
Agile, commanding and good with the ball, his father, also called Silviu Lung, played 77 times in goal for Romania.

Costel Pantilimon
Watford (Eng)
Age 29 (01.02.87)
Tallest keeper in the Premier League at 6ft 8in, but is very agile. Lost the national spot to Tatarusanu.

Ciprian Tatarusanu
Fiorentina (Ita)
Age 30 (09.02.86)
A handball goalkeeper during his schooldays, he kept seven clean sheets in qualifying. Excellent in one-on-ones and a fine shot stopper.


Vlad Chiriches
Napoli (Ita)
Age 26 (14.11.89)
The best Romanian defender of his generation, he played for Benfica as a youth but had to return home after injury almost ended his career.

Steliano Filip
Dinamo Bucharest
Age 22 (15.05.94)
Began as a winger and still has to improve his defensive contribution. Disappointed by his club’s decision not to name him captain earlier this year.

Valerica Gaman
Age 27 (25.02.89)
Tall and good with the ball, he has missed out on some important transfers during his career and sees Euro 2016 as a definite stepping stone.

Dragos Grigore
Al Sailiya (Qat)
Age 29 (07.09.86)
Partnered Chiriches throughout the qualifying campaign but feared he would not get called anymore after moving from Toulouse to Qatar.

Cosmin Moti
Ludogorets (Bul)
Age 31 (03.12.84)
Has a stand named after him at his club after going in goal and saving two penalties in a Champions League shoot-out.

Razvan Rat
Rayo Vallecano (Spa)
Age 35 (26.05.81)
Left-back and regular captain who hopes to recover from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for four months. Influential on the pitch and in the dressing room.

Cristian Sapunaru
Age 32 (05.04.84)
Used at right-back in the national team, he can also play at centre-half or in defensive midfield. Refused to play for Romania under Victor Piturca.


Alexandru Chipciu
Age 27 (18.05.89)
Can play on the wing, behind the striker or as a false nine, but a series of bad injuries stopped his progress at an early stage.

Ovidiu Hoban
Hapoel Be’er Sheva (Isr)
Age 33 (27.12.82)
Didn’t win his first cap until the age of 31 but now one of the team’s leaders. Has played in every position except oalkeeper.

Alexandru Matel
Dinamo Zagreb (Cro)
Age 26 (17.10.89)
Attack-minded right back but has had limited playing time with Dinamo Zagreb where he was also used at left back. Spent a number months training alone after refusing to extend his contract with Astra, in 2014.

Mihai Pintilii
Age 31 (09.11.84)
Defensive midfielder who is one of Iordanescu’s favourites. Rejoined Steaua in January after playing in Isreal.

Adrian Popa
Age 27 (24.07.88)
Nicknamed “The Motorcycle” because of his speed, he grew up as a Steaua fan and made his dream of playing for the club real after move from Concordia Chiajna in 2012.

Andrei Prepelita
Ludogorets (Bul)
Age 30 (08.12.85)
Defensive midfielder who was a title winner in Bulgaria this season. Capped at Under-21 levele but waited eight years before making his senior debut in 2014, aged 28.

Lucian Sanmartean
Al Ittihad (Sau)
Age 36 (13.03.80)
Failed to fulfil his potential because of injuries and and a fragile confidence. Almost retired five years ago.

Nicolae Stanciu
Age 23 (07.05.93)
Scored on his debut, against Lithiuania, in March. Romania’s most exciting prospect, his club side have placed a minimum release clause of E10m on him.

Bogdan Stancu
Genclerbirligi (Tur)
Age 28 (28.06.87)
Hagi took him to Galatasaray, but he failed to make the grade. A wide man whio can also play up front.

Gabriel Torje
Osmanlispor (Tur)
Age 26 (22.11.89)
Quick winger who was bought by Udinese to replace Alexis Sanchez after they sold the Chile international to Barcelona.


Denis Alibec
Age 25 (05.01.91)
Bought by Internazionale as a teenager but failed to hit the heights. The best striker in the Romanian league, Steaua are set to sign hin this summer.

Florin Andone
Cordoba (Spa)
Age 23 (11.04.93)
Moved to Spain when he was 12 and plays in their second division. He never played for a Romanian club at senior level.

Claudiu Keseru
Ludogorets (Bul)
Age 29 (02.12.86)
Prolific goalscorer who played French top-two tiers for 11 consecutive years and later played in Qatar. Good at finding space and capable of creating chances from next to nothing.