south american qualifying

Maradona recalls Paleramo after 10-year gap

April 17, 2009

Boca Juniors striker Martin Palermo has won his first Argentina call-up in 10 years after Diego Maradona named in him a 26-man squad.

Palermo was last involved in the international set-up at the 1999 Copa America in Paraguay but is back for an international friendly on May 20 in Santa Fe. The opponents are still to be confirmed.

The 35-year-old suffered a serious knee injury last August but has returned to form with Boca.

No fewer than 16 uncapped players have been selected by Maradona, who has opted only for those playing for Argentinian clubs.

Squad: Diego Pozo (Colon), Cristian Campestrini (Arsenal), Mariano Andujar (Estudiantes de La Plata); Marcos Angeleri (Estudiantes de La Plata), Juan Forlin, Ezequiel Munoz (both Boca Juniors), Nicolas Otamendi, Emiliano Papa (both Velez Sarsfield), Matias Caruzzo, Ignacio Canuto (both Argentinos Juniors), Alexis Ferrero (Colon); Juan Veron (Estudiantes de La Plata), Sebastian Battaglia (Boca Juniors), Maximiliano Moralez (Velez Sarsfield), Hernan Bernardello (Newell's Old Boys), Daniel Montenegro (Independiente), Fabian Rinaudo (Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata), Eduardo Salvio, Sebastian Blanco (Lanus), Franco Zuculini (Racing); Jose Sand (Lanus), Martin Palermo (Boca Juniors), Mauro Formica (Newell's Old Boys), Gonzalo Berggesio (San Lorenzo), Matias De Federico (Huracan), Milton Caraglio (Rosario Central).