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Thursday, August 5, 2004
Crespo back for Argentina friendly
BUENOS AIRES, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Former Chelsea team mates Juan Sebastian Veron and Hernan Crespo have been recalled by Argentina for a friendly international away to Japan in Shizuoka on August 18.
Veron and Crespo, now on loan with Inter Milan and AC Milan respectively after not being wanted by new Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, both missed last month's Copa America in Peru where Argentina reached the final.
Crespo and Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa agreed the striker should be rested while Veron had not fully recovered from back surgery that curtailed his season in England.
Veron last appeared for Argentina in a World Cup qualifier against Colombia in November.
Also recalled after missing the Copa America are Spanish based midfielders Pablo Aimar of Valencia and Juan Roman Riquelme of Villarreal, Real Madrid defender Walter Samuel and Inter's Esteban Cambiasso, who has recovered from injury.
The squad named on Wednesday by the Argentine Football Association does not include a number of young newcomers who shone in the Copa America and have gone to Athens with Bielsa for the Olympic Games.
Bielsa's assistant Claudio Vivas will be in charge of a squad that includes several uncapped players including Atletico Madrid midfielder Ariel Ibagaza who was called up for last year's Asian tour but had to pull out through injury.
Argentina beat Japan 4-1 in Osaka on that tour, their second victory over the Japanese in seven months.
Goalkeepers: Oscar Ustari (Independiente), Leonardo Franco (Atletico Madrid, Spain)
Defenders: Facundo Quiroga (VfL Wolfsburg, Germany), Walter Samuel (Real Madrid, Spain), Gabriel Milito (Real Zaragoza, Spain), Diego Placente (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Gonzalo Rodriguez (Villarreal, Spain)
Midfielders: Juan Roman Riquelme (Villarreal), Pablo Aimar (Valencia, Spain), Juan Sebastian Veron, Esteban Cambiasso (both Inter Milan, Italy), Lucas Bernardi (AS Monaco, France), Lionel Scaloni (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain), Maximiliano Rodriguez (Espanyol, Spain)
Forwards: Hernan Crespo (AC Milan, Italy), Diego Milito (Genoa, Italy), Mario Santana (Palermo, Italy), Ariel Ibagaza (Atletico Madrid), Luciano Galletti (Real Zaragoza).
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