Argentina’s starting XI for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Peru kicks off at 7pm on Saturday (11pm UK time), and the starting eleven is exactly the same as the one manager Diego Maradona has used in training for most of the week. Newcastle winger Jonás Gutiérrez is at right back due to the injury to Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta; Rolando Schiavi and Gabriel Heinze will, with questionable wisdom, be the central defensive pairing, but at left back at least there’s some sense, with Liverpool’s Emiliano Insúa joining club mate Javier Mascherano in the side. And Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuaín will at long, long last become a full Argentina international. Raymond Domenech’s French side won well earlier, but no doubt he’ll be feeling deeply disappointed.
Argentina starting XI to face Peru, World Cup South Africa 2010 qualifying, Saturday 10th October 2009 (manager: Diego Maradona)
J. Gutiérrez —- R. Schiavi —- G. Heinze —- E. Insúa
E. Pérez —- J. Mascherano —- A. Di María
L. Messi —- G. Higuaín