Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain sends “a salute to all those who criticised me” after his Argentina recall.
Pipita has 31 goals in 68 games for the Albiceleste, but has been criticised after missing good chances in major finals.
Jorge Sampaoli initially left out the Bianconeri striker, but with 10 goals and three assists in his last 10 games the 30-year-old has been given a recall for this month’s friendlies.
“I hope to make the most of this opportunity,” Higuain told the AFA’s official website.
“I’m very happy to be here. I’m coming off six months of being absent, so it’s very important to be here, it means I’ve been working well and I hope I can convince the Coach to take me to the World Cup.
“The criticism? My job is to play football, I’m not here to talk. I send a salute to all those who criticised me and I hope they’re happy, because I am.
“Two good games [with Italy and Spain] await us, Italy are a tough team to face, especially defensively, so it’ll be a nice test for us.”