Wednesday January 26 2011
Zanetti receives Argentina call

There are eight Serie A based players in the Argentina squad to face Portugal next month, including Javier Zanetti and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Coach Sergio Batista has named his side for the international friendly in Geneva on February 9.

Inter are heavily represented with Diego Milito, Esteban Cambiasso and veteran Zanetti.

Napoli's Lavezzi and Jose Sosa are included along with Roma defender Nicolas Burdisso.

Palermo starlet Javier Pastore gets the nod following his fine form for the Sicilians.

Although Catania goalkeeper Mariano Andujar is called, there is no room for his Elefantini teammate Maxi Lopez.

Argentina squad: Sergio Romero (Az Alkmaar), Mariano Andujar (Catania); Javier Zanetti (Inter), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Nicolas Pareja (Spartak Moscow), Nicolas Burdisso (Roma), Ezequiel Garay (Real Madrid), Marcos Rojo (Spartak Moscow), Nicolas Otamendi (Porto), Gabriel Milito (Barcelona); Esteban Cambiasso (Inter), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Lucas Biglia (Anderlecht), Josè Sosa (Napoli) Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Ever Banega (Valencia), Javier Pastore (Palermo); Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli), Diego Milito (Inter), Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica), Juan Manual Martinez (Velez Sarsfield)

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