Paulo Gazzaniga has admitted he thought Mauricio Pochettino was joking when the Tottenham manager told him he had received a call-up to the Argentinian national team.
With Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm missing games through injury already this season, Gazzaniga has stepped in and done a stellar job for Spurs between the sticks.
The former Southampton goalkeeper appears to have taken Vorm’s place as Tottenham’s second choice stopper, and his form has earned him the chance to make his first ever international appearances.
But Gazzaniga thought the news was too good to be true upon first hearing of it from Pochettino.
“I was surprised by the call-up. I had no indication that they were going to call me. I had been doing my job as usual and it caught me off guard. Mauricio told me and I thought he was joking,” Gazzaniga told Clarin (via HITC).
Pochettino has been known to prank his players about international call-ups before, notably leading Danny Rose to believe he had been dropped for the next club game before revealing the truth about his England selection.
Gazzaniga is one of three Spurs players included in the latest Argentina squad alongside Erik Lamela and Juan Foyth, the latter of whom could also make his senior international debut.