Argentina coach continues call-ups

Diego Maradona has called up 101 players since he took over as

coach of Argentina 15 months ago.

The latest call up for Wednesday’s friendly against Jamaica

in the resort town of Mar del Plata includes six who have never

played for the national team. One player – Atletico Tucuman forward

Juan Pablo Pereyra – was later withdrawn because he just had

surgery.

Maradona has faced intense criticism over his handling of the

national team. He has little coaching experience and struggled to

qualify Argentina for the World Cup in South Africa despite having

some of the best players in the world, including Barcelona forward

Lionel Messi.

The original squad also included four players from Copa

Libertadores champion Estudiantes. They were removed after it was

pointed out that they play the following day in the Copa

Libertadores.

The team that faces Jamaica will be made up of players only

from Argentina’s domestic league.

Goalkeepers: Nelson Ibanez (Godoy Cruz), Cristian Campestrini

(Arsenal).

Defenders: Matias Caruzzo (Argentinos Juniors), Ignacio

Canuto (Argentinos Juniors), Leonel Galeano (Independiente),

Mariano Echeverria (Chacarita Juniors), Gabriel Mercado (Racing

Club).

Midfielders: Juan Mercier (Argentinos Juniors), Federico

Insua (Boca Juniors), Jesus Mendez (Boca Juniors), Walter Acevedo

(Independiente), Patricio Toranzo (Huracan), Lucas Licht (Racing).

Forwards: Martin Palermo (Boca Juniors), Nicolas Gaitan (Boca

Juniors), Gabriel Hauche (Racing), Franco Jara (Arsenal), Claudio

Bieler (Racing).