Cambiasso recalled by Maradona for Spain friendly
Argentina coach Diego Maradona has called-up midfielder Esteban Cambiasso for the first time ahead of next month's friendly international against Spain in Madrid.
The Inter Milan midfielder was overlooked for the final eight games of a stuttering World Cup qualifying campaign, during which Maradona came under increasing pressure for his high rotation of players.
Argentina only secured their place at next summer's finals with a 1-0 win over Uruguay in their final game.
Cambiasso is joined in being recalled to the national team by Real Madrid's Fernando Gago and Atletico Madrid's Maxi Rodriguez - both of whom missed the crucial match in Montevideo.
Maradona, who turned 49 on Friday, also sprung a surprise by including uncapped left-back Cristian Ansaldi, who plays for Russian champions Rubin Kazan.
Argentina meet Spain in their friendly at the Vicente Calderon in Madrid on November 14.
Argentina squad: Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar), Mariano Andujar (Catania); Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United), Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Heinze (Marseille), Nicolas Pareja (Espanyol), Cristian Ansaldi (Rubin Kazan); Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle United), Maxi Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid), Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Esteban Cambiasso (Internazionale), Angel Di Maria (Benfica), Pablo Aimar (Benfica); Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Sergio Aguero (Real Madrid), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli).