Tevez left out of the Argentina squad

By IndepthAfrica
In Soccer
May 19th, 2012
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Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (L) celebrates his goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers with Carlos Tevez during their English Premier League soccer match at Molineux in Wolverhampton, central England, April 22, 2012. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Carlos Tevez has been left out of the Argentina squad for their World Cup qualifier against Ecuador.

The 28-year-old forward helped Manchester City to their first league title in 44 years with four goals in the final six games of the season.

But coach Alejandro Sabella could not find a place for Tevez alongside his City team-mates Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta.

Liverpool’s Maxi Rodriguez is also in the squad.

Other big-names Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain were among the 18 foreign-based stars that will face Ecuador on June 2 before taking on Brazil in a friendly in the United States.

Elsewhere, the main surprise was the selection of right-back Matias Rodriguez, who impressed for Universidad de Chile on their march to Copa Sudamericana success in December.

Along with Tevez, Javier Pastore was the most high-profile omission on the list.

The home-based players will be named next week.
Squad

Goalkeeper: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria)

Defenders: Federico Fernandez, Hugo Campagnaro (both Napoli), Marcos Rojo (Spartak Moscow), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Matias Rodriguez (Universidad de Chile), Jose Sosa (Metalist Kharkiv), Pablo Guinazu (Internacional), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Fernando Gago (AS Roma), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Maxi Rodriguez (Liverpool), Eduardo Salvio (Atletico Madrid)

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli).

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