Riquelme returns to Argentina’s domestic squad

Alejandro Sabella has named his first squad as Argentina manager, in preparation for a pair of friendlies against Brazil next month. The matches, before anyone gets too excited, will feature only players from the domestic leagues of the two nations, so this is not a return to the proper national side; but for the first time in three years, Juan Román Riquelme will wear an Argentina shirt (on the pitch, I mean. For all I know he sleeps in one every night). The full squad is here.

Goalkeepers
Marcelo Barovero (Vélez Sarsfield)
Agustín Orión (Boca Juniors)

Defenders
Sebastián Domínguez (Vélez)
Emiliano Papa (Vélez)
Christian Cellay (Estudiantes de La Plata)
Leandro Desábato (Estudiantes)
Jonathan Bottinelli (San Lorenzo de Almagro)
Iván Pillud (Racing Club)
Clemente Rodríguez (Boca)
Lisandro López (Arsenal Fútbol Club)

Midfielders
Augusto Fernández (Vélez)
Héctor Canteros (Vélez)
Rodrigo Braña (Estudiantes)
Juan Sebastián Verón (Estudiantes)
Lucas Castro (Racing)
Agustín Pelletieri (Racing)
Juan Román Riquelme (Boca)
Christian Chávez (Boca)
Diego Valeri (Lanús)

Forwards
Juan Manuel Martínez (Vélez)
Gastón Fernández (Estudiantes)
Mauro Boselli (Estudiantes)
Gabriel Hauche (Racing)
Emmanuel Gigliotti (San Lorenzo)

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