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Juan Iturbe in Paraguay squad for Ecuador, Brazil

Bournemouth forward Juan Manuel Iturbe has been included in Paraguay squad for 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Brazil.

La Albirroja face Ecuador in Quito on 24 March before playing host to Brazil at Estadio Defensores del Chaco five days later.

Having taken seven points from first four fixtures, Paraguay will be looking to extend the good run and national team coach Ramon Diaz has now unveiled a 27-man list for said matches.

Juan Manuel Iturbe earns his first call-up after switching his allegiance from Argentina and he is expected to help improve the attacking department that only scored three goals so far.

Antonio Sanabria and Jorge Benitez return to the side after impressing at their respective clubs, while Olimpia full-back Blas Riveros gets the opportunity to win his first cap.

Coach Ramon Diaz will again be spoilt for options in the final third having included Roque Santa Cruz, Lucas Barrios, Hernan Perez and Derlis Gonzalez, although Nelson Haedo Valdez misses out.

You should also check out our World Cup Qualifiers South America Live Blog for latest updates from team camps.

Paraguay squad:

Goalkeepers: Justo Villar (Colo Colo), Alfredo Aguilar (Guarani), Antony Silva (Cerro Porteno);

Defenders: Bruno Valdez (Cerro Porteno), Pablo Aguilar (Club America), Gustavo Gómez (Lanus), Paulo Da Silva (Toluca), Blas Riveros (Olimpia), Miguel Samudio (Club America), Iván Piris (Udinese), Fabian Balbuena (Corinthians), Juan Gabriel Patino (Guarani);

Midfielders: Rodrigo Rojas (Cerro Porteno), Néstor Ortigoza (San Lorenzo), Richard Ortiz (Toluca), Celso Ortiz (AZ Alkmaar), Derlis González (Dynamo Kiev), Hernán Pérez (Villarreal), Óscar Romero (Racing Club), Osvaldo Martinez (Club America);

Forwards: Roque Santa Cruz (Malaga), Juan Manuel Iturbe (Bournemouth), Édgar Benítez (Queretaro), Jorge Benitez (Olympiakos), Lucas Barrios (Palmeiras), Darío Lezcano (Ingolstadt), Antonio Sanabria (Roma).

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