Paraguay boss Schelotto names 18-man squad for friendlies

ASUNCION, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) — Paraguay manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto on Friday named uncapped pair Ivan Ramirez and Juan Espinola in his squad for friendlies against the United Arab Emirates and Morocco.

The 18-man list also comprises Newcastle United winger Miguel Almiron, Brighton forward Julio Enciso and Dynamo Moscow defender Roberto Fernandez.

Notable absentees include twins Oscar and Angel Romero, who play for Argentina’s Boca Juniors and Mexican side Cruz Azul, respectively.

Paraguay will meet the United Arab Emirates in Vienna on September 23 and Morocco in Seville four days later.

Paraguay squad:

Goalkeepers: Antony Silva (Puebla, Mexico); Roberto J. Fernandez (Botafogo) and Juan Espinola (Godoy Cruz).

Defenders: Ivan Ramirez (Central Cordoba) Fabian Balbuena (Corinthians) Roberto Fernandez (FC Dynamo Moscow), Gustavo Gomez (Palmeiras), Junior Alonso (Athletic Mineiro) and Santiago Arzamendia (Cadiz).

Midfielders: Mathias Villasanti (Gremio), Jose Florentin (Velez Sarsfield), Andres Cubas (Vancouver Whitecaps), Braian Ojeda (Real Salt Lake), Jesus Medina (CSKA Moscow) and Matias Galarza (Coritiba).

Forwards: Miguel Almiron (Newcastle United), Julio Enciso (Brighton & Hove Albion) and Sebastian Ferreira (Houston Dynamo).