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Jorge Sampaoli announces Chile squad for Paraguay friendly

Jorge Sampaoli announces Chile squad for Paraguay friendlyChile coach Jorge Sampaoli has revealed a 23-man squad for the upcoming international friendly against Paraguay.

The highly rated tactician, who has been linked with the vacant managerial post at Mexico, relies on virtually the same players that helped La Roja lift their first ever Copa America trophy.

The brother of Wolfsburg full-back Ricardo Rodriguez, Francisco Rodriguez is the only new name and the talented midfielder will have a chance to earn his first cap for Chile.

Former Fiorentina star David Pizarro is in the squad despite struggling for fitness after making a switch to Santiago Wanderers.

Chile hotshot Jorge Valdivia keeps his place in the side despite training on his own over the last few weeks due to contractual problems.

The Paraguay game will be the final warm-up match for La Roja ahead of the opening 2018 World Cup qualifier against Brazil, scheduled for 5 September.

Chile squad:

Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Barcelona), Paulo Garcés (Colo Colo), Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile);

Defenders: Eugenio Mena (Cruzeiro), Miiko Albornoz (Hannover 96), Mauricio Isla (Juventus), José Rojas (Universidad de Chile), Gary Medel (Inter Milan), Gonzalo Jara (Mainz 05);

Midfielders: Francisco Silva (Chiapas), Arturo Vidal (Bayern Múnich), Jorge Valdivia (Palmeiras)
Matías Fernández (Fiorentina), Jean Beausejour (Colo Colo), David Pizarro (Santiago Wanderers), Felipe Gutiérrez (Twente), Charles Aránguiz (Bayer Leverkusen), Marcelo Díaz (Hamburg), José Pedro Fuenzalida (Boca Juniors), Francisco Rodríguez (Wolfsburg);

Forwards: Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal), Mauricio Pinilla (Atalanta), Eduardo Vargas (Napoli), Ángelo Henríquez (Dínamo Zagreb).

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