There are signs that our Argentine center-back Fabricio Coloccini, who has had a very good season at Newcastle, may not make the Argentine World Cup squad for South Africa.
Fabricio Coloccini – not selected for Germany game
In the recent friendlies against Costa Rica and Jamaica, Argentine manager Maradona selected players based out of Argentina, but the next friendly against Germany will use mainly European based players – but Coloccini is not included in the squad.
Jonas Gutierrez is included, but Jonas is almost certain not only to be in the squad, but likely to be a starter for Argentina in their first World Cup game against North Korea, which they will be expected to win.
Maradona had told both Newcastle players that playing in England’s second division would not harm their chances of making the squad for South Africa, and it looks like he’s been true to his word.
Maradona talked about his players:
“All the players are being tested,” “The ones who are not in this (squad) list have the same opportunities.”
“I have already phoned the 50% of the players who will play the World Cup.”
The Germany game is Argentina’s last of the season, and then they will play two games at their home base Buenos Aires, against Israel and Canada in late May.
But if Coloccini does not make the squad it will be a big blow to the Argentine, who has become a bit of a favorite on Tyneside, because of his more than solid play for Newcastle this season.
But that’s life, and Fabricio’s International career is far from over.
Coloccini has a chance next season, if Newcastle get promoted, to prove he can become a top Premier League player – and if he can do that surely he’s good enough to make the Argentine squad.
We’ll just have to wait and see and there’s still a small chance he’ll be in South Africa – somehow.
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