Tottenham’s record signing, Erik Lamela, has been called up by Argentina’s new national team coach, Gerardo Martino, to replace Lionel Messi in the squad that will take on Germany tomorrow.
Messi picked up an injury in Barcelona’s clash with Villarreal on the weekend and Martino was forced to leave his captain out of the team for his first match in charge, after replacing Alejandro Sabella after the World Cup.
Lamela, who made his debut for his country in 2011, has six caps for his country and will be looking to impress against the team that beat Argentina in the World Cup final in Rio six weeks ago.
The 22-year-old only made 17 appearances for Tottenham last season, in what was a disappointing first season. However, he has managed to feature in all three of Spurs’ opening games this season after former Argentina international, Mauricio Pochettino, arrived as new manager of the club this summer.
Lamela missed out on a chance to play in this summer’s World Cup when he picked up a back injury before the start of the tournament, but will be hoping to prove that he has what it takes to excel for his country after beginning the new season in fine form.
Lamela became Tottenham’s record signing when he joined for £25.8 million on 30 August 2013.
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