All the focus in Argentina is now on the impending Superclásico Copa Libertadores final but November brings a fresh round of international fixtures and so Lionel Scaloni has named his latest squad for the double-header against Mexico this month.
Boca Juniors and River Plate’s involvement in the Copa Libertadores has seen players from both clubs left out and that has prompted a couple of changes to an otherwise familiar looking squad.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Erik Lamela returns to the group as a reward for his fine form and there are also recalls for Zenit St. Petersburg defender Emanuel Mammana and Club América goalkeeper Agustín Marchesín.
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The surprise inclusion in Lionel Scaloni’s 30-man squad is Racing Club midfielder Matías Zaracho.
The 20-year-old has been in tremendous form over the past few months and under Eduardo Coudet has excelled as part of a dynamic Racing side who currently lead the Superliga.
Full of running from deep, Zaracho provides in many ways a similar skill set to River Plate’s Exequiel Palacios and in the friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia in September, Argentina got a glimpse of what Palacios could offer.
That type of energetic, carrier of the ball in midfield has been lacking from Argentina’s midfield in recent years and Zaracho could provide another option going forward.
Argentina face Mexico on Friday November 16th in Córdoba before meeting again on Tuesday the 20th in Mendoza.