Born and raised in Argentina but eligible through his Paraguayan mother, Santana became a regular in the side towards the end of qualifying. The central midfielder is in South Africa despite having been unable to hold down a regular place with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg this season.
Santana caused some controversy when he said it would be disrespectful to sing the Paraguayan anthem in matches against Argentina, adding that he did not know all the words.
Santana went on to play both qualifiers against the country of his birth, hitting the woodwork in Paraguay’s 1-0 home win. He says his situation is simple: “I am Argentine, I play for Paraguay and dream of going to a World Cup.”
Santana moved to Wolfsburg from River Plate but was loaned to San Lorenzo in 2009 after failing to settle in Germany. He returned to Wolfsburg last summer.
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