Recoba played for Uruguay at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and has earned over 50 caps for his country. His only goal at the tournament came against Senegal in Uruguay's final group game, but it was not enough as the match finished in a 3–3 draw and eliminated Uruguay in the first round.
In September 2005, he scored the winning goal against Argentina in a World Cup qualifier. This helped Uruguay qualify as South America's fifth placed team and put them in position to play for the intercontinental playoff against Oceania champions Australia. However, Uruguay was unsuccessful in its bid for World Cup 2006; losing 4–2 in a penalty shootout after a draw in aggregate score.
Despite the lack of appearances for Internazionale, he was again picked for the Uruguayan national team. This allowed Recoba to play in most of the Uruguay matches for which he was healthy. He scored his 12th goal with the Uruguayan national team in a 2–1 victory on June 2, 2007 in a friendly match against Australia.
Recoba also played for Uruguay in Copa América 2007. He made his debut on January 18, 1995 in a friendly match against Spain (2–2) in the Estadio Riazor in La Coruña, substituting Enzo Francescoli in the 65th minute.
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