Tevez says public is to thank for Argentina berth

AP, Tuesday 7 Jun 2011

Carlos Tevez says he would have been left out of the Argentina squad for the Copa America by coach Sergio Batista and was only included because of pressure from the public

Carlos Tevez

Known as the "people's player," Tevez was a surprise addition to the 26-man squad announced last week. Batista had been upset with him for declining to play in a November friendly against Brazil in Doha, Qatar.

The squad will be cut of 22 before Argentina opens the Copa America _ the South American championship _ with a match against Bolivia on July 1. Tevez is widely expected to make the final 22.

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