Laurent Blanc's men claimed a tricky 2-1 win in Albania last week, and will be looking to seal three more points against familiar foes on Tuesday in Group D
Tatarusanu; Goian, Rat, Chiriches, Sapunaru; Bourceanu, Cocis, Gardos, Tanase; Stancu, Marica
Romania boss Victor Piţurcă is without the services of two-goal hero Gabriel Torje against the former European champions. The Udinese winger, who notched both in the 2-0 win over Luxembourg on Friday night, is suspeneded. Gabriel Tamas and Adrian Mutu are banned permanently from the national side after they breached team rules before the friendly against San Marino last month.
|France (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Sagna, Abidal, Rami, Evra; M’Vila, Nasri; Malouda, Martin, Ribery; Benzema||
France boss Laurent Blanc welcomes back Adil Rami to his starting XI after the Valencia man missed out on Friday's win in Albania due to suspension. Rami is most likely expected to replace Tottenham's Younes Kaboul after the latter was at fault for Erjon Bogdani's 46th minute goal in Tirana.
Karim Benzema, who had a hand in both goals, is once again given the role of spearheading the attack after a fine run of form for Les Bleus. Marvin Martin could also make a starting appearance after Samir Nasri's unconvincing performance in the playermaker role on Friday evening.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Romania defeated Luxembourg 2-0 on Friday in Group D, with Gabriel Torje netting both goals for the Tricolorii.
- Victor Putrica's men are fourth in their group with 11 points. The Eastern Europeans are also five points behind France, but only one behind Belarus.
- Romania faced France at Euro 2008, holding Les Bleus to a 0-0 draw which eventually eliminated both teams.
- The sides' met in World Cup 2010 qualifying with Romania letting slip a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 in Bucharest.
- Tuesday's match will be the first to be played at the new Stadionul Național. It will host the 2012 Uefa Europa League final.
- France are Group D leaders with 16 points, and can take a huge step in claiming a Euro 2012 place with victory in Romania on Tuesday.
- Les Bleus are unbeaten since succumbing to a surprise 1-0 defeat to Belarus almost a year ago.
- A win for France, coupled with a draw in the match between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Belarus, would leave Laurent Blanc's side needing a solitary point to make it to next summer's tournament.
- Les Bleus beat Romania in Paris in October 2010. Goals from Yoann Gourcuff and Loic Remy sealed the three points.
- France have not fallen to Romania since 1972, winning four and drawing four of their eight previous games against each other.