Erik Lamela recalled to Argentina squad

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Tottenham attacker Erik Lamela has been recalled to the Argentina national team, much to the delight of his manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The record signing for Spurs experienced a torrid first season in the Premier League, with injury restricting his appearances to just 17 in all competitions.

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However, with compatriot Pochettino now in charge Lamela appears rejuvenated, starring in the comeback win against Cypriot side AEL Limassol in the Europa League, before tearing apart Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers. He, and Spurs, had less enjoyment last time out in the 0-3 defeat to Liverpool.

"It's very good for Erik, especially after last season when he was injured," said Pochettino, who earned 20 caps for Argentina during his playing career.

"This this is very important for his confidence and belief. It's also important for Tottenham and we're all very pleased for him."

Lamela will hope to add to his six international caps and make up for lost time. The ex-Roma player was highly rated when he broke through at Argentinian giants River Plate and will hope to force his way into a starting line-up that contains star names like Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi. He has yet to score for his country.

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