PHOTO: Struggling Spurs defender Fazio returns to Argentina fold

Argentina manager Gerardo Martino may not have been watching the defenders appearances for Tottenham too closely.

It wouldn't be amiss to say that Federico Fazio has had to put up with a testing first couple of months at Tottenham since his £10 million move from Sevilla.

With just two Premier League appearances under his belt, receiving a red card and conceding a penalty on his debut and both ending up as defeats, a player many at the club hoped would help stabilise a Spurs defence that had grown steadily shakier over the last 18 months is looking some way short of an improvement on what the club already have to offer.

However, his move to North London, off the back of an impressive final season at Sevilla where the Argentinian captained the Spanish outfit to Europa League glory as well as a 5th placed finish in La Liga, has somehow seen him recalled to the national team after an absence of three years.

The defender player the entire 90 minutes against Croatia on Wednesday, winning his 3rd cap for Argentina as they beat their European opposition 2-1 after going a goal behind in the first half. Fazio's club mate Erik Lamela came on as a substitute for Angel di Maria in the 77th minute.

Fazio has long been held in high regard in Argentina, but suffered from several physical issues earlier on in his career that restricted his appearances while playing in Seville, leaving him with just two caps before the Croatia game.

He was part of Argentina's victorious youth sides at the Under 20 World Cup in 2007 and the Olympics in Beijing a year later. 

Now 27, the giant centre back will be hoping Martino continues to show faith in him despite his difficult beginnings at Spurs - while Tottenham supporters will be wishing to see a confidence boost in the player as a result of his game time with his country.

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