International football: Argentina recall Carlos Tevez for Croatia and Portugal friendlies

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Carlos Tevez of Juventus FC celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Juventus
Image: Carlos Tevez: Returns to the Argentina squad after long absence

Juventus forward Carlos Tevez returns to Argentina's national squad after a three-year absence ahead of friendlies against Croatia and Portugal next month.

The former Manchester United and Manchester City striker has been out of the national squad since 2011 when he made an appearance in the Copa America quarter-final defeat to Uruguay.

The 30-year-old was never considered by ex-Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella despite his good club form, but new La Albiceleste coach Gerardo Martino has included him in his squad after his eight goals in 10 games for Juventus this season.

Martino also named Manchester City keeper Willy Caballero and Tottenham defender Federico Fazio in the squad. Like Tevez, both players were never in Sabella's thoughts, with Caballero yet to represent his country at senior level and Fazio having just two caps.

Spurs forward Erik Lamela is also included in the side to cap a week where he scored an outstanding 'rabona' goal in the Europa League against Asteras Tripoli.

Argentina will face Croatia on November 11 at Upton Park and meet Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal at Old Trafford a week later.

Argentina squad:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Willy Caballero (Manchester City), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres)

Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia), Cristian Ansaldi (Atletico Madrid), Facundo Roncaglia (Fiorentina), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Federico Fazio (Tottenham), Federico Fernandez (Swansea), Ezequiel Garay (Zenit)

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Roberto Pereyra (Juventus), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Angel Di Maria (Manchester United), Erik Lamela (Tottenham), Javier Pastore (PSG), Enzo Perez (Benfica), Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica)

Attackers: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Carlos Tevez (Juventus), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City).

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