Adrian Mutu eyes up France finale

Adrian Mutu Romania Euro 2016

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Veteran striker Adrian Mutu is hoping to earn one last shot on the big stage by securing a place in the Romania squad for Euro 2016.

The 37-year-old, who is the joint all-time top scorer for his country with 35 goals, hopes to impress back in his homeland with Targu Mures and in doing so play himself into the summer plans of Romania coach Anghel Iordanescu.

Mutu, who has signed with Targu Mures until the end of the season, told “Of course, the Euros are my target and the only way to achieve that is to be in the spotlight and to convince the national-team coach that I deserve to be selected.

“I could have agreed a contract in Japan or Australia, where I also received offers. Now I have to prepare and to play well and afterwards we will see what happens.”

Former Schalke and Shakhtar Donetsk striker Ciprian Marica is also back in his homeland and hoping to impress enough to make the squad for France in the summer.

The 30-year-old, who has been hit by a number of injuries in recent times, has signed a one-year deal with Steaua Bucharest after leaving Turkish side Konyaspor.

Romania, who have only featured in one of the last three European Championship finals tournaments, have been drawn in Group A this summer, alongside hosts France, Switzerland and Albania.

They are 9.00 to top Group A and 1.67 to progress to the knockout stages, while they can be backed at 4.33 to gain a draw in the opening game of the tournament, against France in the Stade de France on June 10th.

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