Argentina Coach Sampaoli Set To Invite Former Italy Star Schelotto For Friendlies

Argentina Coach Sampaoli Set To Invite Former Italy Star Schelotto For Friendlies

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is set to give Brighton and Hove Albion defender Ezequiel Schelotto his first call-up

According to TyC Sports, Schelotto, 28, has been capped once by Italy in a friendly against England in 2012 but is eligible for Argentina, the country of his birth.

Under FIFA guidelines and rules, if a player does not represent a country in an official match (official FIFA tournament or World Cup qualifier), the player is still eligible to represent another country (should he hold citizenship).

Sampaoli is looking at Schelotto as an alternative to Gabriel Mercado in the right-back position with West Ham’s Pablo Zabaleta calling it quits with international football.

Schelotto has a chance of making the Argentina squad for next month’s friendly matches against Spain and Italy.

The former Sporting Lisbon player has made 12 Premier League appearances for Brighton since joining them this season.

Argentina are in the same Russia 2018 World Cup group with Nigeria and will take the Super Eagles in their last Group D game on June 26 in Saint Petersburg.

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