Tevez says public is to thank for Argentina berth
Carlos Tevez says he would have been left out of the Argentina
squad for the Copa America by coach Sergio Batista and was only
included because of pressure from the public.
Known as the ”people’s player,” Tevez was a surprise addition
to the 26-man squad announced last week. Batista had been upset
with him for declining to play in a November friendly against
Brazil in Doha, Qatar.
The squad will be cut of 22 before Argentina opens the Copa
America – the South American championship – with a match against
Bolivia on July 1. Tevez is widely expected to make the final
”I know that I’m there because of the people,” Tevez said. ”I
saw myself being left out.”
Tevez played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and is likely to be
used in the Copa America as a substitute.
Batista acknowledged several weeks ago that he had left Tevez
out of recent national team selections because he was upset over
comments the player had made to several of Batista’s assistant
coaches. Batista did not elaborate.