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Argentina's English-based defenders Pablo Zabaleta and Fabricio Coloccini have been included in a 22-man squad to play a friendly international against Italy next month.

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Pablo Zabaleta: Will be in Argentina's party for the friendly in Rome

Pablo Zabaleta: Will be in Argentina's party for the friendly in Rome

Manchester City right-back Zabaleta and Newcastle defender Coloccini are part of the roster that will play the exhibition game in front of Pope Francis at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has surprisingly included Inter Milan midfielder Ricardo Alvarez and Rubin Kazan defender Cristian Ansaldi in his squad for the August 14 match.

Napoli's recent signing Gonzalo Higuain is part of the team, as are Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his team-mate Javier Mascherano.

Argentina squad: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Oscar Ustari (Almeria); Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan), Federico Fernandez (Napoli), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle), Cristian Ansaldi (Rubin Kazan), Jose Maria Basanta (Monterrey); Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Augusto Fernandez (Celta), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Erik Lamela (Roma), Ever Banega (Valencia); Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint Germain).

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