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Maradona calls up six newcomers for Ja match

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP):Diego Maradona has called up 101 players since he took over as coach of Argentina 15 months ago.

The latest call-up for Wednesday's friendly against Jamaica in the resort town of Mar del Plata includes six who have never played for the national team. One player - Atletico Tucuman forward Juan Pablo Pereyra - was later withdrawn because he just had surgery.

Maradona has faced intense criticism over his handling of the national team. He has little coaching experience and struggled to qualify Argentina for the World Cup in South Africa despite having some of the best players in the world, including Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

The original squad also included four players from Copa Libertadores champion Estudiantes. They were removed after it was pointed out that they play the following day in the Copa Libertadores.

domestic league players

The team that faces Jamaica will be made up of players only from Argentina's domestic league.

Squad: Goalkeepers: Nelson Ibanez (Godoy Cruz), Cristian Campestrini (Arsenal).

Defenders: Matias Caruzzo (Argentinos Juniors), Ignacio Canuto (Argentinos Juniors), Leonel Galeano (Independiente), Mariano Echeverria (Chacarita Juniors), Gabriel Mercado (Racing Club). Midfielders: Juan Mercier (Argentinos Juniors), Federico Insua (Boca Juniors), Jesus Mendez (Boca Juniors), Walter Acevedo (Independiente), Patricio Toranzo (Huracan), Lucas Licht (Racing). Forwards: Martin Palermo (Boca Juniors), Nicolas Gaitan (Boca Juniors), Gabriel Hauche (Racing), Franco Jara (Arsenal), Claudio Bieler (Racing).