Riquelme Returns for Argentina

Midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme has been included in Argentina's Copa America squad less than a year after he announced his international retirement.

Argentina's star Juan Roman Riquelme

Riquelme, who scored both goals as Boca Juniors beat Gremio 2-0 away to win South America's Copa Libertadores on Wednesday, was included in the 22-man-squad announced by the Argentine Football Assocation (AFA).

Riquelme said in September that he would not play for his country again because criticism of his performances was affecting his mother's health.

He left Spanish club Villarreal in February after falling out with coach Manuel Pellegrini and returned on loan to Boca, the club where he made his name.

Since then, he has been in inspirational form and a recall had been widely expected.

Argentina's Copa America Squad:

Goalkeepers: Roberto Abbondanzieri (Getafe), Juan Pablo Carrizo (River Plate), Agustin Orion (San Lorenzo)

Defenders: Roberto Ayala (Valencia), Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan), Hugo Ibarra (Boca Juniors), Gabriel Milito (Real Zaragoza), Gabriel Heinze (Manchester United), Daniel Diaz (Boca Juniors), Nicolas Burdisso (Inter Milan)

Midfielders: Luis Gonzalez (Porto), Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Pablo Aimar (Real Zaragoza), Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes), Juan Roman Riquelme (Boca Juniors)

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Hernan Crespo (Inter Milan), Diego Milito (Real Zaragoza), Carlos Tevez (West Ham United), Rodrigo Palacio (Boca Juniors)

Source FIFA

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