Newcastle duo called up to Argentina squad
Newcastle duo Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini have been called up to the Argentina squad by coach Alfio Basile ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Peru.
The pair join Liverpool's Javier Mascherano and Manchester United's Carlos Tevez in receiving call ups while Basile is expected to complete the side with some home-based players after this weekend's Clausura fixtures.
Argentina lie second in the World Cup South American Qualifying Zone with 11 points, two less than leaders Paraguay who they play on September 6 in Buenos Aires. Four days later Argentina travel to Peru, who are without a win at the bottom of the standings.
Argentina squad: Roberto Abbondanzieri (Getafe), Juan Pablo Carrizo (Lazio), Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar); Javier Zanetti (Internazionale), Daniel Diaz (Getafe), Pablo Zabaleta (Espanyol), Gonzalo Rodriguez (Villarreal), Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle), Gabriel Heinze (Real Madrid); Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle), Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Esteban Cambiasso (Internazionale), Angel Di Maria (Benfica), Andres D'Alessandro (Internacional), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Carlos Tevez (Manchester United), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid), German Denis (Napoli), Lisandro Lopez, (Porto).