Crunch time is approaching for Razvan Rat and his Romania team-mates as the Tricolorii get set for their 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Play-Offs.

Romania go head-to-head with Greece over two legs for a place in Brazil, with the first leg taking place in Athens on Friday, before the return match in Bucharest on Tuesday.

Victor Piturca's men finished second in Group D, beating off competition from Hungary and Turkey to clinch the Play-Off berth behind the Netherlands, while Greece were Group G runners-up behind Bosnia-Herzegovina. Capped 92 times, the 32-year-old played in eight of his country's ten qualifying matches.

Rat went to Euro 2008 with Romania and is keen to add a FIFA World Cup finals appearance to his CV.

"I am excited for the World Cup Play-Offs," he said. "It's a great chance for us and a great chance for me to go to the finals in Brazil.

"It's two games against Greece. They will be tough games because Greece are a good, experienced team with good players, so on paper they look strong, but on the pitch the theoretical and practical chances are different.

"Romania are a team under reconstruction, we have a lot of young players and we are trying to improve game-by-game.

"We have a great chance to go to Brazil and we need to make the most of the opportunity."

Also involved in World Cup Qualifiying Play-Off action this weekend is Mohamed Diame, whose Senegal team are looking to overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit to Ivory Coast.

The Lions of Teranga are being forced to play their home games at neutral venues after they were hit with a ban on hosting internationals due to crowd disturbances and this second leg showdown will be played in Casablanca, Morocco on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Winston Reid has been forced to miss New Zealand's Inter-Continental Play-Off tie with Mexico after suffering an ankle injury, and the All Whites have a mountain to climb after going down to a 5-1 first leg defeat in Mexico City. The second leg will take place in Wellington next Wednesday.

Click here to see the full list of West Ham players involved with their countries this week.