Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain and Benfica midfielder Pablo Aimar are included in the squad named by Argentina coach Diego Maradona to play two key 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifiers next month. After losing to Brazil and Paraguay two weeks ago, coach Diego Maradona had announced he planned to make several changes, and he confirmed that as, in addition to Higuain and Aimar, Liverpool defender Emiliano Insua received his first call.
Argentina play Peru on 10 October and Uruguay four days later to wrap up their South American zone qualification campaign, and they need two wins to have a chance of getting their ticket to South Africa 2010.
Argentina lie in fifth position in the standings and, if they remain there, would head into a play-off against the fourth-placed CONCACAF nation.
Among those left out are Javier Zanetti, Fernando Gago and Jesus Datolo, all of whom started in the last game against Paraguay. Maradona will use Argentina-based players in a friendly against Ghana next Wednesday.
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar/The Netherlands), Mariano Andujar (Catania/Italy)
Emiliano Insua (Liverpool/England), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United/England), Gabriel Heinze (Marseille/France), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City/England), Nicolas Pareja (Espanyol/Spain)
Javier Mascherano (Liverpool/England), Luis Gonzalez (Marseille/France), Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle United/England), Angel Di Maria (Benfica/Portugal), Pablo Aimar (Benfica/Portugal)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Spain), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid/Spain), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City/England), Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid/Spain), Diego Milito (Inter/Italy), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli/Italy)