Ecuador call up 16-year-old Paez for friendlies

Sixteen-year-old midfielder Kendry Paez has been included in Ecuador’s squad for friendlies against Bolivia and Costa Rica in the United States, the country’s football federation said.

Sixteen-year-old midfielder Kendry Paez has been included in Ecuador’s squad for friendlies against Bolivia and Costa Rica in the United States, the country’s football federation said.

Paez’s selection comes after a series of scintillating performances for Ecuador at this year’s under-20 World Cup in Argentina.

As expected, the 26-man squad includes Fenerbahce forward Enner Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie and Brighton duo Pervis Estupinan and Moises Caicedo, Xinhua reported.

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Head coach Felix Sanchez also named uncapped defender Leonardo Realpe after a series of impressive displays for Brazil’s Bragantino.

Ecuador will meet Bolivia in New Jersey on June 17 and Costa Rica in Philadelphia three days later.

Ecuador squad:

Goalkeepers: Moises Ramirez, Alexander Dominguez, Hernan Galindez.

Defenders: Piero Hincapie, Pervis Estupinan, Angelo Preciado, Jose Hurtado, Xavier Arreaga, Diego Palacios, Felix Torres, William Pacho, Robert Arboleda, Leonardo Realpe.

Midfielders: Carlos Gruezo, Jose Cifuentes, Alan Franco, Moises Caicedo, Angel Mena, Gonzalo Plata, Joao Ortiz, Kendry Paez, Jordy Alcivar, Pedro Vite.

Forwards: Anderson Julio, Leonardo Campana, Enner Valencia.

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