Argentina manager Diego Maradona told an Argentine radio show on Monday that he will call up Pachuca standout Christian "Chaco" Gimenez for the next pair of World Cup qualifiers.

"It's true that I will call up Christian Gimenez for qualifying," Maradona told Buenos Aires radio station Del Plata. "I'm not calling him up because the games are at altitude but because of his performance in Mexico."

Gimenez has been a star for los Tuzos yet again this season. He was the highest-scoring player on the highest-scoring team in Mexico, as Gimenez's nine goals led Pachuca. Los Tuzos scored an astounding 42 goals this season.

With Pachuca, Gimenez has won league titles, international titles and has been a major part of the club's success.

"There are players who will earn call-ups based on what they show me during league," Maradona said.

Argentina will host Colombia on June 6 and will play Ecuador in Quito four days later. --Goal.com

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