Reckless Diego Maradona Perplexes Again With Squad for Jamaica Friendly

Brian CaneverCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2010

As if selecting another new batch of local Argentine players could only be the solution to the problems Maradona has inflicted upon La Seleccion .

Once again, Argentina coach Diego Armando Maradona has announced a fresh squad for the completely unnecessary international friendly game against Jamaica to be played on Feb. 10.

Ironically, as if it weren't enough to continue to call-up domestic players who, at least hopefully, will not make the cut for Argentina's World Cup squad in the summer, Maradona has decided to excuse Estudiantes players Clemente Rodriguez, Enzo Perez, Jose Sosa, and Mauro Boselli, from the selection due to Estudiantes' Copa Libertadores match against Peruvian side Juan Aurich on Feb. 11.

Atletico Tucuman attacker Juan Pablo Pereyra and Huracan midfielder Patricio Toranzo are among the replacements for the quartet, taking the number of players gaining their first call-up to seven.

Also, Mariano Echeverria (Chacarita Juniors), Walter Acevedo, Leonel Galeano (both Independiente), Lucas Licht, and Gabriel Mercado (both Racing Club) join the list of players set to make their Argentina debuts.

For supporters of the Argentine national team, let us pray that Maradona, or someone above him, puts a cease to this foolish domestic scheme and begins to focus on this summer's World Cup, which will hopefully feature the likes of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Javier Zanetti, Angel Di Maria, and Carlos Tevez.

But, with the bewildering Maradona, you can never be quite sure.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Cristian Campestrini (Arsenal), Nelson Ibanez (Godoy Cruz)

Defenders: Matias Caruzzo (Argentinos Juniors), Ignacio Canuto (Argentinos Juniors), Mariano Echeverria (Chacarita Juniors), Leonel Galeano (Independiente), Lucas Licht (Racing Club), Gabriel Mercado (Racing Club)

Midfielders: Patricio Toranzo (Huracan), Juan Mercier (Argentinos Juniors), Federico Insua (Boca Juniors), Jesus Mendez (Boca Juniors), Walter Acevedo (Independiente)

Forwards:  Franco Jara (Arsenal), Osvaldo Nicolas Gaitan (Boca Juniors), Martin Palermo (Boca Juniors), Juan Pablo Pereyra (Atletico Tucuman), Gabriel Hauche (Racing Club)