December 22, 2013
New faces in defence as Sabella announces Argentina squad
Sabella carried out a fact-finding mission in Europe earlier this month as he looks for alternatives at the back, reflected in the list of 25 players released today ahead of matches against Ecuador and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Fiorentina defender Facundo Roncaglia, Lucas Orban, of Bordeaux, and Porto's Nicolás Otamendi all received the call from the ex-Estudiantes chief for the double-header.
The rest of the squad has a familiar look to it, with captain Lionel Messi returning to action after missing the final World Cup qualifiers through injury. Argentina will take on Ecuador in the Metlife Stadium, New Jersey on November 15, before facing Bosnia three days later in St. Louis' Busch Stadium.
Complete squad vs. Ecuador and Bosnia-Herzegovina:
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Monaco, France), Mariano Andújar (Catania, Italy).
Defensders: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City, England), Facundo Roncaglia (Fiorentina, Italy), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter, Italy), Federico Fernández (Napoli, Italy), Nicolás Otamendi (Porto, Portugal), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica, Portugal), José Basanta (Monterrey, Mexico), Marcos Rojo (Sporting, Portugal) y Lucas Orban (Bordeaux, France).
Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona, Spain), Ever Banega (Valencia, Spain), Lucas Biglia (Lazio, Italy), Ángel Di María (Real Madrid, Spain), Ricardo Álvarez (Inter, Italy), Erik Lamela (Tottenham, England).
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Spain), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City, England), Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli, Italy), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris S.G., France), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter, Italy).