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Real Madrid's Navas returns to Costa Rica squad

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-03-15 09:32
Real Madrid's Keylor Navas during training in Madrid, Spain, Feb 5, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

SAN JOSE -- Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has returned to Costa Rica's squad for friendlies against Guatemala and Jamaica, the country's football federation said on Thursday.

Navas, who has not represented the Central American nation since October, was among 23 players named by Uruguayan head coach Gustavo Matosas.

New faces include Deportes Tolima defender Juan Pablo Vargas, AD Greece midfielder Jose Mora, Cartagines midfielder Ronaldo Araya and Alajuelense midfielder Ariel Lassiter.

"With these young players, I'm looking for intensity, dynamism and support for the teams rhythm during different stages of matches," Matosas said. "They can give me freshness and spark, and I also want to see how they react to the responsibility of wearing the national team's shirt.

Matosas said Navas remained an important member of the team despite having lost his regular starting place at Real Madrid this year following last summer's arrival of Thibaut Courtois.

Costa Rica will play Guatemala in Guatemala City on March 22 and Jamaica in San Jose four days later. 

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