Playing for Argentine national team is special, Marchesin says


Agustin Marchesin, who plays goalkeeper for Liga MX club America, said he was excited to have been picked for the roster of the Argentine national team, which will play Mexico in a friendly.

"It's big to return to the national team, it's always an honor for any player to wear the colors of his country and especially this time since we're going to play Mexico, where I have my job and live. This makes it doubly special because my dream begins again," Marchesin told reporters Saturday.

The 30-year-old Marchesin, who started out in the Lanus organization and won a championship with Granate in 2007, said last week that he was unhappy about not making the squad that played at the World Cup in Russia and felt that former Argentine national team coach Jorge Sampaoli shattered his dreams.

Marchesin said Sampaoli betrayed him because he promised to add him to the roster that traveled to Russia and did not.

The goalkeeper said he wanted to make the best of his fresh start with interim coach Lionel Scaloni.

"This opportunity means a lot to me, it's a return to the team, it's about trying to show that I have the ability to be taken into consideration when the (selection) process starts for Qatar 2022. I'm happy because I'm back and excited about taking on Mexico in my country," Marchesin said.

Marchesin last played for Argentina on Nov. 14, 2017, when it was beaten 4-2 by Nigeria in Krasnodar, Russia.

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