West Ham's Pablo Zabaleta congratulates Manuel Lanzini for Argentina call-up

Sadio Mane of Liverpool stretches for the ball ahead of Pablo Zabaleta of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on February 24,...

The West Ham United star earned a call-up to Argentina's squad for their upcoming friendly internationals.

West Ham United's Argentinian defender Pablo Zabaleta (C) reacts as referee Lee Mason awards a final penalty to Southampton during the English Premier League football match between...

West Ham veteran Pablo Zabaleta spoke exclusively to the club's official website, and offered high words of praise for his countryman Manuel Lanzini, after the 25-year-old was called up for Argentina's upcoming friendly internationals against Italy and Spain.

Lanzini joined the Hammers from Al-Jazira on an initial loan deal in the summer of 2015, before making his switch a permanent one the following summer, and he has gone on to establish himself as one of the club's most important players.

West Ham United's Argentinian midfielder Manuel Lanzini (L) vies with Tottenham Hotspur's French midfielder Moussa Sissoko (R) during the English Premier League football match between...

The mercurial Argentine has been in good form for West Ham this season, scoring three goals and chipping in with five assists in 20 Premier League outings thus far, but with the quality currently present in Jorge Sampaoli's squad, he will have to really shine during the remaining nine league games for the Hammers, if he is to nail down a place in his country's World Cup squad.

Zabaleta spoke exclusively to the club's official website, and hailed the quality of his countryman, highlighting how his recent call-up to the Argentina squad is evidence of the fine job he has done for the Hammers this season:

Huddersfield Town's Dutch midfielder Rajiv van La Parra (R) tackles West Ham United's Argentinian defender Pablo Zabaleta (L) during the English Premier League football match between...

“It’s great news for Manu to be back in the squad, especially as we are not far from the World Cup. Argentina have so many options in the middle of the park and up front, so to be on the list means you are doing a great job for your Club, and Manu is one of our key players at West Ham."

Next up for West Ham is a home game against Burnley on Saturday, and Lanzini will have to be at his very best if his side are to have any chance of beating Sean Dyche's stubborn Clarets side.

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