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The former Atletico Madrid man and Velez Sarsfield midfielder have been added to Alejandro Sabella's squad to face Italy on Wednesday

Maxi Rodriguez and Francisco Cerro have been called up to Argentina's squad to face Italy in a friendly on August 14.

Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain and Fabricio Coloccini were named in the 22-man squad Alejandro Sabella originally assembled, though that number has now increased to 24 with players who ply their trade in the Primera Division.

Velez Sarsfield midfielder Cerro, 25, currently has just one senior cap to his name for the Albiceleste, though this was playing in a squad comprised entirely of footballers who ply their trade in South America against Brazil.

Newell's Old Boys attacker Maxi has a much more impressive international resume, having featured for Argentina at the last two World Cups and made his debut over a decade ago.

The 32-year-old is long past his heyday, when he impressed for the likes of Atletico Madrid and Liverpool, but he has impressed for his club side this season, including scoring the winning penalty in his side's Copa Libertadores quarter-final.

The clash will be played on Wednesday at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, having been arranged following an Argentine - Jorge Mario Bergoglio - being named the new head of the Catholic Church earlier in 2013.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers  
Mariano Andujar Catania
Sergio Romero Sampdoria
Oscar Ustari Almeria
Defenders  
Cristian Ansaldi Rubin Kazan
Jose Basanta Monterrey
Hugo Campagnaro Inter
Fabricio Coloccini Newcastle United
Federico Fernandez Napoli
Ezequiel Garay Benfica
Marcos Rojo Sporting
Pablo Zabaleta Manchester City
Midfielders  
Ricardo Alvarez Inter
Ever Banega Valencia
Lucas Biglia Lazio
Francisco Cerro Velez Sarsfield
Angel Di Maria Real Madrid
Augusto Fernandez Celta Vigo
Erik Lamela Roma
Javier Mascherano Barcelona
Maxi Rodriguez Newell's Old Boys
Attackers  
Gonzalo Higuain Napoli
Ezequiel Lavezzi Paris Saint-Germain
Lionel Messi Barcelona
Rodrigo Palacio Inter

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