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Argentina have recalled Tottenham Hotspur forward Erik Lamela for this month’s double header of frien
dlies against Mexico, the coun
try’s football association said on
Lamela, who has 23 caps, last played for the national side against Venezuela in a World Cup qualifier in 2016 but missed much of last season and the Russia World Cup with a hip injury.
Interim coach Lionel Scaloni also gave a first call up to Racing’s 20-year-old attacking midfielder Matias Zaracho.
There was no place for Lionel Messi, who announced he was taking a sabbatical from inter­national football after Argen­tina’s disappointing performance in Russia, where they won only one game and were knocked out by France in the last 16.
Argentina will play Mexico
in Cordoba on Nov. 16 and
then again in Mendoza four
days later.