I've said this before, but the Samuel situation with regard to the NT has always struck me as odd. He has been, imho, the only genuine world class centre half we have had for the last 8 years, yet he didn't get selected for the 2006 world cup, was injured at the 20102 w/c and then didn't get picked for the Copa (even though Milito and Burdisso did). In between that, even allowing for his injuries, he was very rarely a starter for the NT. In an era when we have not exactly been blessed with top quality defenders he somehow has been overlooked. Too late now obviously, lets hope we can turn up a couple of quality defenders in the next couple of years.