Monterrey's Basanta included in Argentina squad for World Cup qualifiers

Alejandro Sabella has named his 21-man Argentina squad for their upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifying games against Venezuela and Bolivia, and 28-year-old Monterrey defender Jose-Maria Basanta is a surprise inclusion among the usual cast of Albiceleste stars.

Basanta could gain his first cap for his country, and the selection comes in light of news that Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini could be out until May.

The squad includes Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Ezequiel Lavezzi. Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria will participate as well, but he will miss the first match through suspension.

Argentina currently tops the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying table and will play Venezuela on March 22 in Buenos Aires before going to Bolivia on March 26.

Here is Argentina's full squad:

Name Club
Mariano Andujar Catania
Sergio Romero Sampdoria
Jose-Maria Basanta Monterrey
Hugo Campagnaro Napoli
Federico Fernandez Getafe
Ezequiel Garay Benfica
Marcos Rojo Sporting Lisbon
Pablo Zabaleta Manchester City
Ever Banega Valencia
Augusto Fernandez Celta
Pablo Guinazu Libertad
Angel Di Maria Real Madrid
Javier Mascherano Barcelona
Walter Montillo Santos
Jose Sosa Metalist
Sergio Aguero Manchester City
Franco Di Santo Wigan
Gonzalo Higuain Real Madrid
Ezequiel Lavezzi PSG
Lionel Messi Barcelona
Rodrigo Palacio Inter Milan

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