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Valencia called up by Ecuador for Copa America

AFP  |  Guayaquil (Ecuador) 

A week after his 10-year stay at Manchester United ended, was on Monday called up by to Ecuador's squad.

The 33-year-old's inclusion has received criticism in some quarters as Valencia has played less than 10 matches in an injury-ravaged season.

"There are players who haven't played much but they are players that you know will be important when they're in the national team," said Gomez.

"I'm not going to throw out Valencia until he tells me he's quitting."

Valencia, 33, is the and has won 94 caps, scoring 11 goals. Although he spent the last few years of his Old career as a right back, Gomez said he sees Valencia as a right winger, the position where he made his name and earned a move to United after a string of sparkling displays at minnows Wigan Athletic.

have been drawn in a tough Group C at the hosted by Brazil, where they will face holders Chile, record 15-time winners and guests

Their first match will be on June 16 against in Horzonte. are one of only two of CONMEBOL's 10 member nations never to have won the Copa America, alongside

Their best finishes were fourth in 1959 and 1993, both times as hosts.

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First Published: Tue, May 21 2019. 09:41 IST