Uruguayan Ostrich named in Ecuador squad

QUITO - Uruguay-born defender Marcelo Fleitas was given his first international call-up at the age of 35 on Thursday when he was included in Ecuador's squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers.

Fleitas, known as 'the Ostrich', was born in Montevideo but began his career in Argentina with lower league teams Defensa y Justicia and Leandro Alem.

He moved to Ecuador in 2000 to join Olmedo, helping the Riobamba-based team win their only national title. Since then he has played for Deportivo Cuenca, Guayaquil-based Barcelona and Emelec, his current team.

Ecuador, seventh in the 10-team South American group with 14 points from 12 games, visit Peru on June 7 and host Argentina in Quito three days later.

English-based Antonio Valencia and forward Felipe Caicedo are suspended for the Peru game along with defenders Ivan Hurtado and Giovanny Espinoza.

Goalkeepers: Maximo Banguera (Barcelona), Marcelo Elizaga (Emelec), Cristian Mora (El Nacional)

Defenders: Jairo Campos (LDU), Giovanny Espinoza (Barcelona), Marcelo Fleitas (Emelec), Jorge Guagua (El Nacional), Ivan Hurtado (Millonarios), Isaac Mina (Deportivo Quito), Neicer Reasco (LDU)

Midfielders: Walter Ayovi (Monterrey), Segundo Castillo (Everton), Fernando Hidalgo (Barcelona), Edison Mendez (PSV Eindhoven), Jefferson Montero (Independiente del Valle), Cristian Noboa (Rubin Kazan), Pedro Quinonez (Santos Laguna), David Quiroz (Emelec), Antonio Valencia (Wigan Athletic)

Forwards: Felipe Caicedo (Manchester City), Joffre Guerron (Getafe), Pablo Palacios (Barcelona), Joao Rojas (Emelec), Carlos Tenorio (Al Sadd)