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Miggy called up by Paraguay ahead of crucial double-header

Written by Rory Mitchinson

United’s Miguel Almirón has been called up to Paraguay’s squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Brazil.

La Albirroja host Uruguay on Thursday, 27th January before travelling to play already-qualified Brazil on Tuesday, 1st February.

Paraguay have only won two of their 14 qualifiers so far but, with four games remaining, are still in with a reasonable chance of making it to Qatar, lying four points adrift of CONMEBOL’s final automatic place, with an additional play-off spot still up for grabs, too.

The Paraguayans last made it to a World Cup in 2010, when they progressed to the last eight of the competition before being edged out by eventual winners Spain.

Almirón – one of two English-based players to receive a call-up, along with Nottingham Forest’s Braian Ojeda – is now one of La Albirroja’s most experienced campaigners, with 41 caps to his name.

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