BUENOS AIRES - Diego Maradona named uncapped midfielders Mario Bolatti and Jesus Datolo in a 23-man squad on Tuesday for Argentina's friendly against Russia in Moscow on August 12. It will be Argentina's last match before their World Cup qualifier at home to arch-rivals Brazil on September 5. Bolatti (pictured) was widely regarded as the best player of the Argentine Clausura championship in which Angel Cappa's brilliant Huracan side finished second to Velez Sarsfield last month. The 24-year-old was called up by previous coach Alfio Basile in 2007 but was not capped. Datolo, 25, has received his first call-up since joining Napoli this year. Maradona included Manchester City's new signing Carlos Tevez although the striker is nursing a left ankle injury. National team physio Luis Garcia was travelling to England on Tuesday to help with Tevez's treatment, the Argentina Football Association said on its website. Squad: Goalkeepers: Juan Pablo Carrizo (Real Zaragoza), Mariano Andujar (Catania) Defenders: Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan), Emiliano Papa (Velez Sarsfield), Gabriel Heinze (Real Madrid), Daniel Diaz (Getafe), Nicolas Burdisso (Inter Milan), Nicolas Otamendi (Velez Sarsfield), Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich) Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Sebastian Battaglia (Boca Juniors), Mario Bolatti (Huracan), Maximiliano Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid), Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle United), Jesus Datolo (Napoli), Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes) Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Lisandro Lopez (Olympique Lyon), Diego Milito (Inter Milan), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli).
28 July 2009
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