Federico Fazio has not really looked himself since moving to Tottenham Hotspur from Sevilla in the summer transfer window, but he was still called up to the Argentina squad during the international break.
It was the first time in three years that the 27-year-old defender was involved with Argentina, as he played against Croatia against in London and was an unused substitute for the match against Portugal at Old Trafford in Manchester.
Fazio is now back at Tottenham and is preparing to help the North London outfit turn around their fortunes, but he still has time to reflect on his exploits with Argentina over the last few days.
“I’m proud to get a chance to represent my country,” Tottenham’s official website quotes him as saying.
“There are a lot of players in Argentina and from all the clubs in the top leagues around the world who are eligible for the national team, meaning we have competition for places in all the positions, so it made me proud and happy to play and I want to stay in the picture for the next matches.”
For Fazio to maintain his place in the Argentina squad, he needs to step up his game and establish himself as a first-choice centre-back for Tottenham.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has played the £8 million summer signing sparingly so far this season, but in the games he has played the former Sevilla star’s performance has not been great.
Tottenham have a number of centre-backs and competition for places is fierce, which means that Fazio has to work very hard in training and make the most of the chances he gets.