Ezequiel SCHELOTTO could be called-up to the Argentina National Team.
Currently with Brighton & Hove Albion, the Italy international full-back has a chance of being called-up to the Argentina National Team, according to a report by TyC Sports. Despite being capped for the Italians, SCHELOTTO is still eligible to play for the country of his birth.
According to the report, Argentina coach Jorge SAMPAOLI is looking at SCHELOTTO as an alternative to Gabriel MERCADO in the right back position. With West Ham’s Pablo ZABALETA no longer in the international picture for Argentina, MERCADO has since taken over that position. But the Premier League player has a chance of making the Argentina squad for next month’s friendly matches against Spain and ironically enough, Italy.
Ezequiel SCHELOTTO capped for Italy
SCHELOTTO’s sole cap for the Italian National Team came in 2012 in a friendly match against England. Under FIFA guidelines and rules, if a player does not represent a country in an official match (official FIFA tournament or World Cup qualifier), the player is still eligible to represent another country (should he hold citizenship). With SCHELOTTO’s only match for the Italy coming in a friendly, he could still represent Argentina.
It wouldn’t be the first time (and with Argentina’s history, likely not the last) that a winger would play in full-back with Diego MARADONA slotting former Newcastle United man Jonas GUTIERREZ in that position at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The twist in all of this (should it somehow happen) is that SCHELOTTO could perceivably receive his first Argentina cap against Italy.