Watford continue track record of helping reignite international careers after Gabriel Tamas' Romania recall

Gabriel Tamas captaining Romania in 2010. Picture: Action Images

Gabriel Tamas captaining Romania in 2010. Picture: Action Images

First published in Sport Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

Gabriel Tamas has become the latest player to reignite his international career whilst at Watford.

Tamas picked up his 63rd and last Romania cap 17 months ago but his performances for the Golden Boys this season have earned a recall for their Euro 2016 qualifier in Greece on Sunday, September 7.

Hornets team-mate Daniel Tozser had not played for Hungary since November 2011 before his impressive displays on loan at Watford last season led to an international return in May.

Tozser, who now has 22 caps, has again been called up for the match on September 7 against Northern Ireland, whose squad includes club team-mate Craig Cathcart, who has returned to training this week after a knee injury which has meant the centre half is yet to make his Watford debut.

Daniel Pudil spent two years out of the international fold before his consistency earned a recall in May.

Pudil and fellow countryman Matej Vydra, who received his first call-up after joining Watford in 2012, are both in the Pavel Vrba’s squad for their home matches with the USA and Netherlands.

The Czech Republic face the USA in a friendly on Wednesday, September 3 and then the Netherlands in their first Euro 2016 qualifier on Wednesday, September 9.

Ikechi Anya received his first international honours whilst at Watford and has again been included in Gordon Strachan's squad for the qualifier with world champions Germany on September 7.

Watford stalwart Lloyd Doyley is also part of Jamaica's squad for the friendly with Canada the next day.

In the younger age groups, Tommie Hoban has been called up by the Republic of Ireland Under-21s for their Euro qualifier with Germany and first-year professional Josh Doherty is in the Northern Ireland Under-19s squad for their game with Iceland.

There could be further call-ups in due course.

Tamas spoke of his desire to earn a Romania recall during his first interview with the Watford Observer following his move to the Hornets. You can read the interview here.

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2:49pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Hornankey says...

The international selections confirm the qualities of the individuals in this excellent squad. Congratulations and good luck to all - just don't pick up any injuries on your travels!
The international selections confirm the qualities of the individuals in this excellent squad. Congratulations and good luck to all - just don't pick up any injuries on your travels! Hornankey
  • Score: 37

3:37pm Tue 26 Aug 14

mkhornet says...

All well deserved. Watford is the place to be!!
All well deserved. Watford is the place to be!! mkhornet
  • Score: 19

4:18pm Tue 26 Aug 14

soulfulhornet says...

Crikey, another international call-up. I checked the match day 18 for last Saturday. There were (past and present) 11 full internationals, 4 U21s and only Troy and Munari had never been capped at any level by their respective countries .

And that's without Ranegie, Ekstrand, Cathcart and Murray who weren't involved v Leeds.

I know caps are much easier to come by than in Luther's and Barnesy's days but it just underlines how far we have come in the past 2 years.

Congratulations to Gabriel. I think he will be a big player for us. Strong no nonsense, commanding etc...which we missed last 2 seasons when Fitz/ Nyron were injured.

Seems to be building a good understanding with Angella and I hope Tommy can retain his place, then we have a strong middle of the defence and with Tozser, Munari, Troy a good spine to the team.

Rotherham and Leeds only had one meaningful shot on target in 180 minutes!
Crikey, another international call-up. I checked the match day 18 for last Saturday. There were (past and present) 11 full internationals, 4 U21s and only Troy and Munari had never been capped at any level by their respective countries . And that's without Ranegie, Ekstrand, Cathcart and Murray who weren't involved v Leeds. I know caps are much easier to come by than in Luther's and Barnesy's days but it just underlines how far we have come in the past 2 years. Congratulations to Gabriel. I think he will be a big player for us. Strong no nonsense, commanding etc...which we missed last 2 seasons when Fitz/ Nyron were injured. Seems to be building a good understanding with Angella and I hope Tommy can retain his place, then we have a strong middle of the defence and with Tozser, Munari, Troy a good spine to the team. Rotherham and Leeds only had one meaningful shot on target in 180 minutes! soulfulhornet
  • Score: 8

4:52pm Tue 26 Aug 14

bristol hornet says...

What a talented squad we have!

So good we can even allow Batts to out on loan!

Good also to still have Dyer and McGugan as part of it all.

Looking forward to seeing them play tonight, as we progress into the lucrative parts of the Capital Cup.
What a talented squad we have! So good we can even allow Batts to out on loan! Good also to still have Dyer and McGugan as part of it all. Looking forward to seeing them play tonight, as we progress into the lucrative parts of the Capital Cup. bristol hornet
  • Score: 4

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