According to Marius Niculae, Radu could not open the episode in 2008. World Cup 2010 World Cup qualifiers, Ştefan Radu was replaced in the 45th minute of the match with Lithuania (0-3), played on September 6, 2008. Then, was selector Victor Piţurcă, and because of his curiosity he changed Radu. Defender Piţurcă did not call for the defender, and the entire coach accused the player of his behavior of training and disrespect for some members of the national staff.
"Maybe he felt … I remember that the last national team he had with Lithuania was I was there. After this game he was very critical when I lost 3-0 in Cluj and at the moment I think he gave up … There are some people who do not cross"said Marius Niculae at Telekom Sport.
The left defender has already reached more than 300 matches in the Lazio Roma T-shirt, but only 14 matches have been collected for the Romanian national competition. The last time Radu was "tricolor", he was in the preliminary World Cup matches against Hungary, a score of 2-2, which returned only twice after the episode in 2008.