Tevez, Aguero out of Argentina team
Forwards Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero have been left out of an
Argentina squad for friendlies later this month against the United
States and Costa Rica.
Coach Sergio Batista also excluded Tevez and Aguero from a team
that defeated Portugal 2-1 last month, preferring to try younger
players ahead of the Copa America – the continental championship –
later this year. In the case of Tevez, however, Argentina officials
were also critical he bowed out of a friendly late last year
Reports have also suggested Tevez, who plays for Manchester
City, is not comfortable being on the bench as a back-up.
Star forward Lionel Messi of Spanish club Barcelona was named to
the squad Friday, along with experienced players like defender
Javier Zanetti and midfielders Javier Mascherano and Esteban
Argentina faces the Untied States on March 26 in New Rutherford,
New Jersey, and plays Costa Rica on March 29 in San Jose.
Goalkeepers: Mariano Andujar (Catania), Adrian Gabbarini
(Independiente, Argentina), Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar).
Defenders: Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan), Pablo Zabaleta
(Manchester City), Ezequiel Garay (Real Madrid), Gabriel Milito
(Barcelona), Nicolas Otamendi (F.C. Porto), Federico Fazio
(Sevilla), Nicolas Burdisso (Roma), Marcos Rojo (Spartak
Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Mario Bolatti
(Internacional, Brazil), Ever Banega (Valencia), Fernando Belluschi
(F.C. Porto), Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan), Lucas Biglia
(Anderlecht), Javier Pastore (Palermo).
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli),
Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica), Jose Sosa
(Napoli), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica).