The last time Alejandro Romero Gamarra, aka “Kaku” represented the Argentina national team was in 2015 with the Under-20 team for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Since then, Kaku has not received so much as a call-up to an Argentina camp. As a result, it should have come as no surprise that Kaku failed to make Argentina’s roster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
However, Kaku appears to be on the verge of taking another route towards playing soccer at the international level.
According to Brian Lewis of the New York Post, Kaku is planning on applying for a one-time switch to Paraguay, which would make him eligible to play for Paraguay competitively.
Kaku’s eligibility for Paraguay stems from his parents, Paraguayan citizens who moved to Argentina before he was born.
Paraguay may not have made the World Cup, but they’re by no-means a bad team in an absolutely stacked CONMEBOL. They rank 32nd on the FIFA World Ranking as of April 12, 2018 - and previously made the World Cup four straight times from 1998 to 2010. They were the runner-ups in the 2011 Copa America and finished 4th in the 2015 Copa America.
Should Kaku be approved for the switch by FIFA, he has a solid resume: 8 goals and 13 assists in his last three years with Huracan, along with 4 goals and 7 assists in just 11 games across all competitions with the Red Bulls in 2018 alone.