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Romania call up Gaman to face France

BUCHAREST, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Romania coach Victor Piturca called up uncapped teenager Valerica Gaman for next week's 2010 World Cup qualifier against France.

The 19-year-old Universitatea Craiova central defender has only played 21 top division games for his club.

Another two players - goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon of FC Timisoara and central defender George Galamaz of Unirea Urziceni - were also included for the first time for the Group Seven clash on Oct. 11.

Steaua Bucharest midfielder Mirel Radoi was ruled out after picking up an injury in the 1-1 draw with CS Otopeni on Saturday.

Christian Chivu and Adrian Mutu were both included despite nursing injuries for the match to be played in the Black Sea port of Constanta.

Injury-hit Romania are counting on luck and determination, Piturca said on Monday.

Piturca told reporters that almost half the team's key players were injured and that determination and chance were Romania's main weapons in the Group Seven game on Saturday.

Romania were stunned 3-0 at home by Lithuania and struggled to beat Faroes Islands 1-0 away in their first two games. They are fifth in the table on three points behind Serbia, Austria and France on goal difference. Lithuania top the group on six points.

Piturca has been forced to pick an inexperienced squad and has called up uncapped central defender Valerica Gaman (19).

"Gaman, (goalkeeper Costel) Pantilimon and (striker Bogdan) Stancu are all young, genuine talents and they could be the future of a new Romania national team," Piturca said.

Chivu said beating France was crucial.

"We have to beat France if we want to keep alive our hopes to qualify," he added.


Goalkeepers: Bogdan Lobont (Dinamo Bucharest), Costel Pantilimon (F.C. Timisoara);

Defenders: George Ogararu (Steaua Bucharest), Cristian Sapunaru (Porto), George Galamaz (Unirea Urziceni), Valerica Gaman (Universitatea Craiova), Dorel Stoica (Universitatea Craiova), Razvan Rat (Shakhtar Donetsk), Dorin Goian (Steaua Bucharest), Mihai Nesu (Utrecht)

Midfielders: Razvan Cocis (Lokomotiv Moscow), Cristian Chivu (Inter Milan), Florentin Petre (Terek Groznii), Gabriel Muresan (CFR Cluj), Marian Aliuta (F.C. Vaslui), Iulian Tames (Arges Pitesti)

Forwards: Adrian Mutu (Fiorentina), Ciprian Marica (VfB Stuttgart), Florin Costea (Universitatea Craiova), Daniel Niculae (AJ Auxerre), Bogdan Stancu (Steaua Bucharest), Gigel Bucur (FC Timisoara)


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