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Sunderland Defender Wins Surprise International Call-Up

Argentina know more about Sunderland than England do, apparently, which is nice.

Clive Mason

Sunderland defender Santiago Vergini is a surprise inclusion in the Argentina squad for their upcoming games in Aisia against Brazil and Hong Kong.

It is something of a surprise, but it perhaps shouldn't be. Vergini was a key member of new Argentina boss Gerado Martino's Newell's Old Boys team, and there was even talk that he was such a big fan of the defender he considered taking him to Barcelona with him.

It's certainly a nice reward for Vergini, who has had a generally solid start to the season since returning on a second loan deal this summer.

There is no place for summer signing Ricky Alvarez, though, which is a shame. However, perhaps selfishly, may be taking the time to settle in here would do Sunderland more good than shooting off to Asia for a bit.