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After 3 years in the international wilderness, Carlos Tevez is back for Argentina

Tottenham’s Erik Lamela is also included to cap a fine week.

Tevez is included for the games next month.
Tevez is included for the games next month.

JUVENTUS STRIKER CARLOS TEVEZ has been handed his first Argentina call-up for three years after being named in the squad for their forthcoming friendlies.

The former Manchester City forward has been in the international wilderness since 2011, when he made an appearance in the Copa America quarter-final defeat to Uruguay.

However, Gerardo Martino, who took over as head coach of the Albiceleste following their World Cup final defeat this summer, stated earlier this month that “the doors were open” to Tevez to return to the squad should he prove his worth at club level.

And the former Barcelona boss has finally rewarded the 30-year-old striker with a return to the squad to face Portugal and Croatia, after his eight goals in 10 games for Juventus so far in 2014-15.

Captain Lionel Messi is also included in what is otherwise a largely-expected squad, along with Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, Manchester United duo Angel Di Maria and Marcus Rojo as well as Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano.

Willy Caballero is handed a place despite his lack of game time for City this season, while Tottenham’s Erik Lamela is included to cap a fine few days following his outstanding rabona goal in the Europa League.

Argentina play Croatia at West Ham’s Upton Park on November 11th before facing Portugal at Old Trafford six days later.

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