New faces in the Argentine defence for upcoming friendlies

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Roncaglia (left), Orban (centre) and Otamendi (right) all set for Argentine call ups

As expected Alejandro Sabella has made some changes ahead of Argentina’s friendlies against Bosnia and Ecuador in the United States in November. With qualification complete, Sabella now has time to fine tune his squad, and while the midfield and the attack are pretty settled, the defence still causes some concern. The three new call-ups are Lucas Orban, Nicolas Otamendi and Facundo Roncaglia who should get the opportunity to stake a claim for a defensive spot after impressing in Europe. SEE THE FULL SQUAD HERE….

It is well known that Alejandro Sabella has been in Europe watching several players and his focus is on his defence so it comes as no surprise to see these changes ahead of the friendly games.

Lucas Orban, the former River and Tigre player, is now playing in France for Bordeaux and his ability to play at both centre back and left back is a desirable quality for tournament football. Facundo Roncaglia, Fiorentina’s centre back also gets his first call up after performing well in Serie A.

Porto’s, Nicolas Otamendi is recalled to the squad having been in Sabella’s earlier qualifying squads and also Maradona’s World Cup 2010 Squad.

Some of the other players, Sabella is believed to have over-looked for these games are Gonzalo Rodriguez, also of Fiorentina, Federico Fazio and Nicolas Pareja of Sevilla and Matias Silvestre of Milan.

Here is the full squad for the matches to be played on November 15th and 18th:

Goalkeepers
Sergio Romero (Monaco)
Mariano Andujar (Catania)

Defenders
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)
Facundo Roncaglia (Fiorentina)
Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan)
Federico Fernandez (Napoli)
Nicolas Otamendi (Porto)
Ezequeil Garay (Benfica)
Jose Basanta (Monterrey)
Marcos Rojo (Sporting)
Lucas Orban (Bordeaux)

Midfielders
Javier Mascherano (Barcelona)
Ever Banega (Valencia)
Lucas Biglia (Lazio)
Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid)
Ricardo Alvarez (Inter)
Erik Lamela (Tottenham)

Forwards
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli)
Ezquiel Lavezzi (Paris)
Rodrigo Palacio (Inter)

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