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Bauza: Icardi Must Be Patient For Argentina Call Up

Edgardo Bauza has said he would pick Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi, if one of his forwards gets injured and has asked him to be patient.

Icardi has only played once for the national team and was overlooked for the national team against Chile and Bolivia by Bauza.

Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala, Angel Correa and Ezequiel Lavezzi are among Bauza’s options in the latest group, but two players in particular are ahead of Icardi in the pecking order.

“I’ve told him: ‘Be calm, if something happens to [Gonzalo] Higuain or [Lucas] Pratto, I’ll call you’,” Bauza was quoted as saying by La Nacion.

“He’s happy, calm, no problems. He said to me: ‘I’m calm’. And I repeated that he could be called up at any time, and that no one in the national team has a problem with him.

“In my opinion he’s a good finisher, [but] not a player who you can involve in the collective play of the team.

“Of the three, Pratto is the best in this aspect, it’s just he doesn’t score like Higuain. Icardi is very dangerous in the final third, he has a lot of confidence right now.

“He’s not a player who helps a lot in holding the ball.

“Will I call him for the Brazil game on June 9? Maybe, but I don’t know.”

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