SI Staff
Tuesday May 31st, 2016

Romania has the tough task of being the opponent for host France's tournament-opening match of Euro 2016 and it will likely need to rely on its defense to fend off the powerful Les Bleus on their home turf.

Captain Razvan Rat and Vlad Chiriches are among those marshaling the back line in front of Fiorentina goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu. The Romania defense has had some highs and lows in pre-Euro friendlies. It shut out Spain in late March in a 0-0 draw, but also conceded four to Ukraine in its most recent match, a 4-3 loss in a friendly on May 29. 

Romania must also play Switzerland and Albania in Group A.

Here is Romania's roster in full:

GOALKEEPERS: Ciprian Tătăruşanu (Fiorentina), Costel Pantilimon (Watford), Silviu Lung (Astra Giurgiu)

DEFENDERS: Cristian Săpunaru (Pandurii Târgu Jiu), Alexandru Matel (Dinamo Zagreb), Vlad Chiricheş (Napoli), Valerică Găman (Astra Giurgiu), Cosmin Moţi (Ludogorets), Dragoş Grigore (Al-Sailiya), Răzvan Raţ (Rayo Vallecano), Steliano Filip (Dinamo Bucureşti)

MIDFIELDERS: Mihai Pintilii (Steaua Bucureşti), Ovidiu Hoban (Hapoel Beer Sheva), Andrei Prepeliţă (Ludogorets), Adrian Popa (Steaua Bucureşti), Gabriel Torje (Osmanlıspor), Alexandru Chipciu (Steaua Bucureşti), Nicolae Stanciu (Steaua Bucureşti), Lucian Sânmărtean (al-Ittihad)

FORWARDS: Claudiu Keșerü (Ludogorets), Bogdan Stancu (Gençlerbirliği), Florin Andone (Córdoba), Denis Alibec (Astra Giurgiu)

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