Franco Vasquez has been waiting a long time to represent his country of birth. The Sevilla midfielder featured for Italy back in March 2015 after receiving a call-up from Antonio Conte but he soon turned his back on the Azzurri and decided to wait patiently for his chance with the Albiceleste.
Earlier this year, the number ten finally got his chance to impress after getting the nod from interim coach Lionel Scaloni. He featured in his side's straightforward 3-0 success over Guatemala at the beginning of September and the 30-year old couldn't be happier to finally receive his first cap.
Vazquez is certainly enjoying a profitable 2018 and his good form in La Liga has seen him linked with a move to West Ham. He's netted once already this season and has played over 600 minutes in the Spanish top flight so far. He also rattled the woodwork during his side's 3-0 hammering of Real Madrid at the end of September.
Unfortunately, his chances of representing his country have been largely restricted due to the sheer depth of talent available to the selectors. The likes of Lionel Messi and Paolo Dybala are always going to be chosen ahead of Vazquez although an injury to the latter could perhaps pave the way for the Sevilla man.
Dybala's injury will also be a concern to Juventus fans with the 24-year old having been impressive so far this campaign. The Bianconeri have plenty of depth but they will be featuring in multiple competitions over the next couple of months. They remain third-favourites in the latest Champions League betting according to Oddschecker and they'll be hoping that Dybala returns in time for the knock-out rounds.
After playing a further 45 minutes during a recent friendly against Iran, Vazquez clearly has a taste for International football yet he wasn't included in the squad for his side's defeat to Brazil on October 16th. Receiving his call-up was a hugely emotional experience for the midfielder and he was delighted to play alongside his good friend and former team-mate Dybala for the Albiceleste. He may have taken a slightly elongated route to representing his nation, but Vazquez finally feels at home in an Argentina shirt.
The Cordoba-born playmaker is in the form of his life at the moment and he's finally been rewarded for his hard work. He was cruelly overlooked by Jorge Sampaoli but following a disappointing summer in Russia, he's one of a handful of players who have benefitted from the recent shake-up and his international future appears to be bright.