Cambiasso handed recall

Inter midfielder's international exile under Maradona comes to an end

Cambiasso: Recall earned

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Argentina coach Diego Maradona has called-up midfielder Esteban Cambiasso for the first time ahead of next month's friendly against Spain.

Inter Milan's Cambiasso had been a regular for Argentina, wining 45 caps for his country, before Maradona took charge of the national team almost a year ago.

The 29-year-old was overlooked for the final eight games of a stuttering World Cup qualifying campaign, during which time Maradona came under increasing pressure after a series of poor results.

Argentina only secured their place at next summer's finals with a 1-0 win over Uruguay in their final game of the campaign, during which Maradona continually rotated his squad.

Cambiasso is joined in being recalled to the national side by Real Madrid's Fernando Gago and Atletico Madrid's Maxi Rodriguez - both of whom missed the crucial win over Uruguay.

Maradona, who turned 49 on Friday, also sprung a surprise by including uncapped left-back Cristian Ansaldi, who plays for Russian champions Rubin Kazan.

Argentina meet Spain in Madrid in a friendly at the Vicente Calderon in Madrid on 14th November.

Squad in full

Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar), Mariano Andujar (Catania) Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United), Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Heinze (Marseille), Nicolas Pareja (Espanyol), Cristian Ansaldi (Rubin Kazan); Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle United), Maxi Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid), Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Esteban Cambiasso

(Internazionale), Angel Di Maria (Benfica), Pablo Aimar (Benfica); Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Sergio Aguero (Real Madrid), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli).