Romania Euro 2024 squad review: Iordanescu’s side to make up for lost time

Romania were certainly the story of the qualifying stages for Euro 2024. Edward Iordanescu's side managed to top their group ahead of countries such as Switzerland, Israel and Kosovo avoiding defeat on their way to picking up 22 points.

Iordanescu's side have been pitted in a rather favourable group alongside Belgium, Slovakia and Ukraine.

Many may see them as destined to finish bottom, but their qualifying form says otherwise and could see them advance.

Romania Euro 2024 squad
Romania went unbeaten in their Euro 2024 qualifying group – Photo by Icon Sport

Romania – Key stats

Despite Euro 2020 being partly hosted in Romania, the hosts did not manage to qualify for the tournament, which was held all over Europe.

So, the last time this historic nation participated in a European Championship was 2016, when they failed to win a game. Romania has won just one game at the European Championships, and that was a 3-2 win against England in 2000.

First professional fixture: 1922

Nickname: Tricolorii

Current FIFA ranking: 46

Highest FIFA ranking: 3

Best Euro performance: Quarter-finals (2000)

Player to watch: Ianis Hagi

Romania's Ianis Hagi
Ianis Hagi can be deployed in numerous positions for Romania – Photo by Icon Sport

Full Romania Euro 2024 squad

This Romania squad is certainly not bursting full with world-class players but a few names that people may recognise such as Radu Dragusin and ex-Rangers star Ianis Hagi have the ability to help their country reach the knockout stages for just the second time.

Goalkeeper

  • Florin Nita (Gaziantep)
  • Horatiu Moldovan (Atletico Madrid)
  • Stefan Tarnovanu (FCSB)
  • Razvan Sava (CRF Cluj)

Defence

  • Nicusor Bancu (Universitatea Craiova)
  • Andrei Burca (Al-Okhdood)
  • Ionut Nedelcearu (Palermo)
  • Adrian Rus (Pafos)
  • Andrei Ratiu (Rayo Vallecano)
  • Radu Dragusin (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Vasile Mogos (CRF Cluj)
  • Bogdan Racovitan (Raków Częstochowa)

Midfield

  • Nicolae Stanciu (Damac)
  • Razvan Marin (Empoli)
  • Alexandru Cicaldau (Konyaspor)
  • Ianis Hagi (Alaves)
  • Dennis Man (Parma)
  • Valentin Mihaila (Parma)
  • Marius Marin (Pisa)
  • Darius Olaru (FCSB)
  • Deian Sorescu (Gaziantep)
  • Florinel Coman (FCSB)
  • Adrian Sut (FCSB)
  • Constantin Grameni (Farul Constanta)

Attack

  • George Puscas (Bari)
  • Denis Alibec (Muaither)
  • Denis Dragus (Gaziantep)
  • Daniel Birligea (CRF Cluj)
Romanian star Daniel Birligea
Daniel Birligea is yet to earn his first cap for Romania – Photo by Icon Sport

Surprise inclusions in the Romania Euro 2024 squad

Constantin Grameni (Farul Constanta)

Despite featuring heavily for Farul Constanta this season, it was a big surprise to see Constantin Grameni get a call-up to the national side. The central midfielder is yet to earn his first cap for the first team, so eyebrows were raised when Iordanescu found a spot for the youngster.

This is only a provisional squad before being whittled down to a 26-man strong squad closer to the tournament, but this is a huge chance for the combative midfielder to impress.

Daniel Birligea (CRF Cluj)

As Romania go in search of a spot in the knockout stages, Iordanescu is looking to spring a few surprises on teams by calling up a raft of inexperienced players at international level, including Daniel Birligea.

Birligea didn't exactly have a stellar season for Cluj netting just eight times in his 30 league appearances, so he could well be one to make up the numbers on the bench in Germany.

Romanian international George Puscas
George Puscas played a pivotal role in Romania's qualifying campaign – Photo by Icon Sport

In-form players for Romania

George Puscas

George Puscas made the bold career move in January to drop down from Serie A and into Serie B to help him rediscover his form. The striker hadn't scored during the first of the campaign and if he hadn't dropped down a division, his spot may well have been up for debate.

Puscas managed to score two goals on his last two starts for Bari in Serie B, and after overcoming a finger injury he is now fit and ready to fire for his country.

Denis Alibec

One of Romania's oldest players in the squad, Denis Alibec has certainly been rolling back the years this season over in Qatar. Alibec managed to register three goal involvements in his last three appearances for Muaither.

He's been in good form for his country too with two goals in his last four starts including a winner against Switzerland to ensure Romanis finished the qualifying groups unbeaten.

Radu Dragusin playing for Romania
Radu Dragusin will be driving Romania forward from the back at Euro 2024 – Photo by Icon Sport

Romania Predicted Euro 2024 XI

Romania vs Ukraine

(4-2-3-1) Moldovan, Bancu, Burca, Dragusin, Ratiu, Marin, Hagi, Mihaila, Stanciu, Olaru, Alibec

With Belgium the outright favourites to win this group, all of Romania, Ukraine and Slovakia will believe they can finish as runners-up. So, winning this game and trying to be on the front foot will be key for Iordanescu's side, which is why we can see him deploying Ianus Hagi in a deeper role.

Romania vs Belgium

(4-1-4-1) Moldovan, Bancu, Burca, Dragusin, Ratiu, Marin, Coman, Stanciu, Cicaldau, Hagi, Alibec

The switch to a four-man midfield would be very sensible from Iordanescu in this clash against Belgium because goal difference could be key to who finishes second.

The Red Devils will be keen to have no slip-ups against Romania but will have to be wary of players such as Hagi, who could be allowed some freedom to pick up the space between the lines as the most advanced midfielder.

Romania vs Slovakia

(4-2-3-1) Moldovan, Bancu, Burca, Dragusin, Ratiu, M. Marin, R. Marin, Mihalia, Stanciu, Hagi, Puscas

On paper, Romania should be regarded as favourites for this clash based on their form in the qualifying group stages, but also as they're ranked higher than Slovakia by FIFA.

It could well be win or bust for Romania in this final group game and that's why we can see a few minor tweaks in the attacking set-up to bring in Razvan Marin and George Puscas to give Slovakia something different to contend with.


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