Buenos Aires (AFP) - New Argentinian national coach Gerardo Martino kept faith on Tuesday with the players who got Argentina to their first World Cup final since 1990 and lost 1-0 to Germany when he named his first squad for a friendly with the same opponents in Duesseldorf on September 3.
Martino, who stood down from the Barcelona job at the end of last season after they finished trophyless, was named as the new coach only last week and replaced Alejandro Sabella, who declined to extend his contract after the World Cup final.
Germany won the final 1-0 with a goal by Mario Goetze in extra-time.
Defenders: Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Jose Basanta (Fiorentina/ITA), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City/ENG), Ezequiel Garay (Zenit Saint-Petersburg/RUS), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United/ENG), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City/ENG), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan/ITA), Federico Fernandez (Swansea/ENG)
Midfielders: Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan/ITA), Lucas Biglia (Lazio/ITA), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid/ESP), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo/ESP), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona/ESP), Enzo Perez (Benfica/POR)
Forwards: Sergio Agüero (Manchester City/ENG), Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli/ITA), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris SG/FRA), Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan/ITA)