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Carlos Tevez returns to Argentinian squad after three-year gap


Carlos Tevez has been recalled into the Argentina national team for the first time in over three years with friendlies against Croatia and Portugal coming up.

It’s been a long wait for the 30-year-old striker. He last appeared for his country in a loss to Uruguay in the 2011 Copa America semifinals when he came off the bench and missed the deciding penalty.

The match against Portugal will be at Old Trafford, meaning Tevez will return to the place he spent two seasons.

Tevez joins Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, and Sergio Aguero as strikers, with Javier Pastore, Erik Lamela, and Angel Di Maria also in the side to complete a vicious attacking lineup.

If the Juventus man plays, he would earn his 63rd cap with his country. The gap in his appearances largely coincided with the reign of Alejandro Sabella, who refused to select Tevez even once during his time in charge. Now, with former Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino at the helm, he has given respite to Tevez.

Full Argentina squad:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Willy Caballero (Manchester City), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres)

Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia), Cristian Ansaldi (Atletico Madrid), Facundo Roncaglia (Fiorentina), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Federico Fazio (Tottenham), Federico Fernandez (Swansea), Ezequiel Garay (Zenit)

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Roberto Pereyra (Juventus), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Angel Di Maria (Manchester United), Erik Lamela (Tottenham), Javier Pastore (PSG), Enzo Perez (Benfica), Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica)

Attackers: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Carlos Tevez (Juventus), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City).

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