Maradona to ring changes

19 June 2010 02:18

Diego Maradona is set to rest a number of key players in Argentina's final World Cup Group B clash with Greece.

Two impressive victories have seen Maradona's side breeze towards the last 16 with something to spare and the coach is therefore set to ring the changes to keep his men fresh.

Right-back Jonas Gutierrez is suspended anyway while defender Walter Samuel has a knock, but the Greece match should also present the likes of Sergio Aguero with a chance to shine.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez has revealed his side are receiving support from an unlikely source during the World Cup - the north east of England.

Gutierrez, who has played at right-back in Argentina's impressive opening two games, is a cult figure at his club Newcastle.

And, despite ingrained footballing animosity between England and his own country, the player has been encouraged by the support shown from Magpies supporters.

"I never thought I would be able to say this, but I think that Geordies are adopting Argentina as their second team," he told the Northern Echo.

"Behind England, I reckon they are supporting Argentina.

"I have had loads of messages of support from Newcastle fans. They tell me they want me to bring a medal back, but it is too early to think of that. Even so, we have done a good job so far."

Source: PA