Mutu returns for Romania qualifiers

BUCHAREST - Romanian striker Adrian Mutu returned to the national team after an injury absence for the World Cup Group Seven qualifiers away to Serbia on October 10 and home to Faroe Islands four days later.

Fiorentina striker Mutu missed the matches against France and Austria after sustaining a thigh injury.

Romania are fifth in Group Seven with 9 points from eight games after a disappointing campaign, with no chance to qualify.


Goalkeepers: Danut Coman (FC Brasov), Costel Pantilimon (FC Timisoara), Ciprian Tatarusanu (Steaua Bucharest).

Defenders: Vasile Maftei (Unirea Urziceni), Cristian Panin (CFR Cluj), Mirel Radoi (Al-Hilal), George Galamaz (Unirea Urziceni), Cristian Chivu (Inter Milan), Dorin Goian (Palermo), Razvan Rat (Shakhtar Donetsk), Mihai Nesu (Utrecht).

Midfielders: Bogdan Mara (CFR Cluj), Tiberiu Balan (Unirea Urziceni), Iulian Apostol (Unirea Urziceni), Costin Lazar (Rapid Bucharest), Tiberiu Ghioane (Dynamo Kiev), Nicolae Grigore (FC Brasov), Dacian Varga (Unirea Urziceni), Adrian Cristea (Dinamo Bucharest).

Forwards: Ciprian Marica (VfB Stuttgart), Adrian Mutu (Fiorentina), Gheorghe Bucur (FC Timisoara), Andrei Cristea (Dinamo Bucharest).