City star receives World Cup recall

Last Updated: Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:49

Manchester City keeper Costel Pantilimon has earned a last-minute call-up for Romania's World Cup qualifying playoff against Greece.

Pantilimon, 26, last played for his country in a 4-0 defeat to Holland in Amsterdam back in March but comes into the squad again after Steaua Bucharest keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu withdrew with a injury

Romanian national team coach Victor Piturca had previously ruled out a return for the Manchester City keeper, despite calls for him to be recalled now he is in favour at the Etihad Stadium.

Piturca said:"Pantilimon is the future of the Romanian national team. But experience told me not to call him for the games against Greece."

The first leg takes place in Piraeus on Friday, with the return the following Tuesday in Bucharest.

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