Ezequiel SCHELOTTO could receive Argentina call-up

Ezequiel Schelotto

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.


  1. Gromoso

    If Sampaoli calls Schelotto he will repeat Maradona when I called Gutierez who played in 2nd division at Newcastle. we should expect the same result.

  2. Lucho

    I don’t have a problem with giving Schelotto a go. His been having a good season in the EPL, playing as a right wingback . Sampaoli has built his career around a wingback system so I’m not surprised he might be given a chance.

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  4. pallab

    Lo celso was not that bad yesterday’s game against REALMADRID..in fact he was playing good..he is not a fully creative midfielder(like-modric,coutinho or rakitic),,,he is playing the role of central def mid,,,..first time experience against big club big name so he was tensed..and made some mistakes..but this experience of lo celso will be good for WC2018….but imo he played his part well..that is what he did in previous 8-9 games to win the heart of coach….psg lost bcoz of neymar(joker)…bcoz of bad defensive selection…and for not playing Di Maria

  5. pallab

    acuna playing great for porto…..lovely to see…possibly a must starter of our xi

  6. Gonzalo.

    Independeinte draw 1:1 first leg of Recopa Sudamericana against Copa Libertadores winner Gremio Porto Alegre. El Rojo have played better football despite being ten- men most of the game. Very good performance from Benitez, Menendez, Bustos, Meza.


  7. Gonzalo.

    What about Lo Celso

    Not a surprised after yesterday’s game. Shine for PSG in French league is nothing today. It is completely non-authoritative.

    As I said before I don’t see him enough strong, fast, tenacious (even enough tall) to play any crucial defensive role in our team. He is similar to Banega. Both are soft genre of midfielders, with impressive ball control, passing and technical skills, but not enough good in defense. With Banega as last defensive instance in midfield will be the same. Enzo-Biglia-Banega also to weak defensively. Maybe few years ago with younger Enzo and Biglia. We need pure, classic No.5 and then someone good on passing.

    Although Lo Celso is our future and we should concentrate on pluses of his performances. I think he still has a chance for World Cup.

    1. EnganChe

      Lo Celso’s real position should be an attacking midfielder or creative playmaker where he could really flourish. Having said that, I think his defensive contribution is better than that of Banega who can be sloppy at times. Lo Celso will only improve if given enough time. After all, the likes of Banega, Higuain, etc have been given more chances than they probably deserve.

    2. mamoun elpipita

      To be fair to the kid, Celso is playing as a holding midfielder, which isn’t his position at all and when you play out of position against a team like Real a 21yr would be liable to stumble.
      The Celso that I know from Rosario Central was a creative, defensively disciplined CM, more like what Rabbiot was playing as yesterday.

      With all that being said Celso has a fantastic future ahead of him if he keeps working hard like he’s done in the last few months for PSG, but as i said before he’s too green and I would have paredes and a fit Lanzini way ahead of him.

  8. Gonzalo.

    Come on, Sampaoli. What about Bustos, Gomez, Buffarini, Mammana, Mercado, Salazar, Di Placido, Peruzzi on the right. We don’t need Schelotto.

  9. Mik

    Frankly saying i haven’t heard of this guy till now, Have no idea whether hes a useful Player for us. But its quite Funny We All always want the Players we choose to be part of the NT, Like some prefer Paredes, Some Lanzini, Some Lo Celso, etc etc some don’t like Higuain, Di maria, Ever Bangea, Biglia etc etc. Some players which we think is bad may be useful and apt for the playing style of the Coach. After all coaches have the first hand idea about any player, But any how the discussions are always fun.

  10. anuparno

    This is rumour I think if he plays the friendlies then will see at least sampaoli trying to find appropriate players and fullbacks rumored to b included means sampaoli already started to consider back 4 again that’s a huge positive I hope we play 4-4-2 with only messi and aguero upfront more like 4-1-3-2 with mascherano as a dm and biglia should be a sub at dm position icardi as aguero replacement dimaria should play in midfield position my team is Mercado otamendi mammana tagliafico/ acuna; mascherano;di Maria banega lanzini; messi aguero;

  11. Jack!

    He was on the EPL team of the week recently and was player of the month for his side in Jan.

    Take it for what it is worth.

  12. EnganChe

    You gotta be kidding me, Schelotto? Very mediocre player at best….Mammana could play better as a RB than this guy. Even Zabaleta is better than him right now.

  13. msi75

    lol what? This guy is absolutely horrible…

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