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Kranevitter to play for Argentina at Copa America, Olympics

Atletico Madrid midfielder Matias Kranevitter has been granted permission to represent Argentina this summer, according to Marca.

Los Albicelestes will compete for the 2016 Copa America Centenario trophy at the tournament held in the United States from 3 June to 26 June, while also playing at the Men’s Football Tournament at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Organised in six Brazilian cities between 4 August and 20 August, the football tournament will see Argentina face Honduras, Algeria and Portugal in Group D.

While he is widely expected to be part of the strongest side that will be vying for the Copa America trophy, Kranevitter is also eligible to play for the Under-23 side at the Summer Olympics.

Argentina national team bosses have now received some very good news as Atletico coach Diego Simeone decided to allow his talented midfielder to take part at both high-profile tournaments.

This means that Kranevitter will miss a large part of pre-season training for the 2016/2017 campaign, but his compatriot believes his career in the long run will benefit from playing in such a competitive environment.

The 22-year-old has so far made four appearances for the national team, starting two 2018 World Cup qualifiers of late.

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