Sabella must not watch Juventus, jokes Tevez

The Argentine, who has been in the international wilderness for a while now, does not expect a World Cup call-up despite his impressive season

Carlos Tevez has joked that Argentina head coach Alejandro Sabella must not own satellite television to watch Juventus games as the striker continues to face exile from the international stage.

The former Manchester City and Manchester United forward has not featured for the Albiceleste since 2011, with Sabella choosing to favour the likes of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Rodrigo Palacio instead.

There have been calls for Tevez to be brought back into the international fold following his 18 goals in Serie A to date this season which have taken the Italian champions to the brink of a third successive Scudetto, though Sabella has so far refused to bow to the pressure.

However, 30-year-old Tevez has come to terms with missing out on this summer's World Cup and jested that Sabella's reasoning for ignoring him must be because he does not watch Juve matches back in his homeland.

"I think the coach of Argentina's national team must not have satellite television hooked up to watch Juventus," Tevez, who was at the heart of Juve's 3-1 win over Sassuolo on Monday, told reporters.

"I do not think I have any hope of going to the World Cup now. I am a direct striker, maybe that plays against me and that means Sabella does not have a good impression of me."

Argentina have been drawn in Group F at this summer's tournament in Brazil, alongside Bosnia & Herzegovina, Nigeria and Iran.

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