Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Argentina: Maradona Gives Hope To Higuain and Others

New Argentina coach Diego Maradona has insisted that he is keeping tabs on a number of potential national team call-ups despite naming a fairly conservative squad for his first game in charge.

Maradona's selection for the friendly against Scotland on the 19th November bore a striking resemblance to the squads picked by former coach Alfio Basile, with seemingly little done to ease Argentina's recent problems up front.

Gonzalo Higuain almost single handedly dragged Real Madrid to a 4-3 victory over Malaga at the weekend with a four goal salvo, and Maradona suggested that he and others will get a chance to prove themselves during his reign.

"I am watching a lot of matches and if they can continue their current form at club level then the likes of Diego Milito, Gonzalo Higuaín, Mauro Zárate... these players will have opportunities," he told Radio la Red.

The international future of Juan Roman Riquelme has been up for debate in recent times, and Maradona admits that he needs to speak with the Boca Juniors playmaker before making a decision on whether or not to include him in his plans for the Scotland game.

"I must talk with Roman to see if he wants to be part of the team... we know that Roman has played a lot of games recently, so it is important that I speak with him first," he explained.

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