Tottenham defender Juan Foyth has been handed his first call-up to the Argentina national team squad for matches against Iraq and Brazil.

Foyth is yet to play a single minute for Spurs so far this season – he missed pre-season with an injury – and made only eight appearances for his club last term, none of which came in the Premier League.

The Argentinian arrived at Tottenham from Estudiantes last summer and Mauricio Pochettino is believed to rate his countryman highly.

But it is perhaps a surprise to see Foyth called up to the senior Argentina team having played so few minutes for Spurs since arriving in London.

The 20-year-old has featured 12 times for the Argentina Under-20s side and now could be playing alongside the likes Nicolas Otamendi and Paulo Dybala in the senior set-up – Lionel Messi is not in the squad.

Making Foyth’s inclusion more strange is the fact Erik Lamela, who has been excellent for Tottenham so far this season, hasn’t been picked.

In fact, Lamela hasn’t played for the Argentinian national team since 2016. Surely he’ll get another chance soon.



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