Friendly against Israel, Romania’s 605th game

The game is scheduled today in Timisoara at 8.45 PM.

Razvan Lucescu, head coach of the Romanian national football team, called up 22 players for the friendly game against Israel today. The game is scheduled to start at 8.45 PM on Timisoara’s ‘Dan Paltinisanu’ stadium.

Lucescu will use five rookies for this game, with this set to be the first national team cap for Paduretu, Florescu and Deac. Paduretu has become a last-minute solution after his Unirea Urziceni teammate Iulian Apostol suffered an injury.

This will be Mirel Radoi’s 60th cap for the national team. In fact, the former Steaua player holds the highest number of caps in the current line-up. Marius Niculae is the current line-up’s goal getter (13 goals). No League I club has more than two players called up to the national team. Of the 22 players, 12 come from League I, while the rest play abroad. Yesterday morning Razvan Lucescu took the players on a one-hour walk, in which they also visited a mall in Timisoara.

Israel head coach: Players should give their best

Eli Ohana, the interim head coach of Israel’s national football team, said his players should show enthusiasm in the friendly against Romania. Ohana, the head coach of Israel’s U-19 team, wants to have a good time during what could turn out to be his only game as head coach of his country’s national football team. “This happened by chance. I am honored to be the head coach for this game. I will enjoy this moment irrespective of the result. I hope players will have a good time too. It doesn’t matter whether we win or lose, players should only think on giving their best so that the future coach will continue to call them up,” Ohana said. The former international player added that he will make six substitutions during the game and only striker Shlomi Arbeitman (Maccabi Haifa) can be certain of playing. “Ohana is a very good head coach and I hope I will score for him because he deserves to train the national team. I want to secure my place in the national team’s line-up and I will give everything in order to show I deserve to be here,” Arbeitman said.

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