Riquelme not expecting Argentina call

The iconic No.10 doubts he will play in the next matches for the national team, while praising Didier Drogba following Chelsea's Champions League triumph in Munich
Boca Juniors star Juan Roman Riquelme will not be upset if he is omitted from Alejandro Sabella's Argentina squad.

The Seleccion coach released a list of foreign-based call-ups on Friday, and is expected to expand the squad with several players from the Primera Division ahead of two key matches. Argentina will face Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier on June 2, before taking on Brazil in a friendly a week later.

Riquelme has not featured in the international set-up since his notorious fall-out with former trainer Diego Maradona in 2009, but he stated that being overlooked again would not distract him from his duties with club side Boca.

"Any other time I would have been annoyed, but now I take everything with greater calm. [Sabella] will have his preferences and of course, if I cannot be there I will support from outside," the 33-year-old explained to Ole on Tuesday.

"I have already been there with everyone. Riquelme can play alongside them all. That was proved in the 2007 Copa America, the last great team the Seleccion had as far as I can see."

Riquelme, who on Wednesday will face Fluminense in the Copa Libertadores with Boca holding a slim 1-0 lead from the first leg, then heaped praise on Chelsea's Didier Drogba after his Champions League heroics.

"When you win, you must be doing something right. Chelsea have a monster up front," he stated.

"Drogba's story was incredible because when he gave away the penalty everyone wanted to kill him, and he ended up winning the game. He deserved the story to finish that way."

With Riquelme on the sidelines having been rested, Boca retook first place in the 2012 Clausura on Sunday with a 2-0 win over Racing Club.