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Speroni eyes Argentina spot

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni has said that Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella knows about his performances this season.

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Julian Speroni: Crystal Palace goalkeeper targets Argentina place

Julian Speroni: Crystal Palace goalkeeper targets Argentina place

The 34-year-old has been in impressive form for the Eagles in recent weeks, as they continue their fight for survival in the Premier League this season.

Speroni, who has been at Palace since 2004 and featured for Platense and Dundee prior to his move to the London club, has never played for his country at senior international level.

However, the veteran goalkeeper believes that he has a chance of making the Argentina squad that will take on Romania in a friendly international on March 5.

"I have been told that the coach has been watching some of my games on DVD, which is very pleasing to hear," he told sellsgoalkeeperproducts.com.

"I've just got to keep doing what I've been doing for Palace and hopefully I will earn a call-up to the squad for the friendly next month.

"Obviously the decision is out of my hands but it would be a dream for me to be called up.

"I'm very pleased with my form this season; I'm working so, so hard to keep improving and I'm enjoying my football, which is also important.

"If I carry on this way I have a chance of making the national team squad, but I can't start thinking too far ahead or it will affect me.

"I have to keep taking it a game at a time with Palace and concentrate on what has served me well this season - that is the most important thing, then hopefully the other things will take care of themselves."

Speroni has also retained hopes of playing for his country at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil in the summer.

"Representing my country would be amazing," he told ole.com. "I played in the Under-20 team under Jose Pekerman that had Esteban Cambiasso and Pablo Aimar. I feel like I am playing well in the Premier League."

He then dismissed suggestions that being from Argentina created problems for him in his initial years in England.

"I have a very good relationship with everyone here in England," said Speroni. "I arrived in Dundee in 2001 and then Crystal Palace signed me.

"My career has been weird because I almost didn't play in the Argentinian first division and now I have 10 years in England.

"My relationship with the supporters of Crystal Palace is incredible; they treat me as an idol.

"Being from Argentina hasn't been any problem. In fact, when I got to 250 games, a banner was made with the words 'The hands of God' on it.

"It's not a happy phrase because of the way Maradona scored the goal in 1986 so I was surprised with what they did for me."

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