Diego Maradona has called his roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers for Argentina. Los Albicelestes currently sit in 4th place in the CONMEBOL standings and look to win both of their upcoming matches to secure their place in South Africa 2010.
Among the surprises on the roster is Cristian Gimenez. The Pachuca midfielder gets his 1st ever call up and its a surprise because of the rarity of Mexican based players getting called to the Argentine national team. Gimenez & Atlante keeper Federico Vilar make up the Mexican based contingent of Maradona’s roster
Gonzalo Bergessio of San Lorenzo gets to play on with Argentina after he scored twice in the 3-1 friendly win against Panama. His inclusion means that Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain will once again be left off the squad.
Maradona called up 9 players from Argentina’s domestic league possibly sending a message that it is not necessary to play in Europe to call a up to Argentina’s highest footballing honor. Argentina hosts Colombia on June 6th and then travels to Quito to take on Ecuador on the 10th.
Here is the entire Argentina squad:
Juan Pablo Carrizo (Lazio), Mariano Andujar (Estudiantes), Federico Vilar (Atlante)
Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich), Emiliano Papa (Velez Sarsfield), Gabriel Heinze (Real Madrid), Marcos Angeleri (Estudiantes), Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan), Daniel Diaz (Getafe), Nicolas Burdisso (Inter Milan), Nicolas Otamendi (Velez Sarsfield), Juan Forlin (Boca Juniors)
Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes), Maximiliano Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid), Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle), Sebastian Battaglia (Boca Juniors), Cristian Gimenez (Pachuca), Daniel Montenegro (Independiente)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Carlos Tevez (Manchester United), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid), Lisandro Lopez (FC Porto), Diego Milito (Genoa), Gonzalo Bergessio (San Lorenzo)