Mascherano to captain Argentina

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Argentina coach Diego Maradona said he had convinced Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano to become Argentina's captain.

Maradona last week visited England to meet Mascherano, who had previously said he wasn't interested in becoming captain, a position currently held by Inter Milan's Javier Zanetti.

"I convinced him," Maradona told La Red radio. "I explained to him what I thought about him and told him what I thought he could give the team.

"He can transmit much of what he does in the centre of the pitch - we're not asking him to be a leader immediately."

Maradona last week toured several European countries to meet several of his leading players, including Lionel Messi at Barcelona and Carlos Tévez at Manchester United.

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