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Argentina Announce Squad For Italy & Spain Friendlies, Snub Several Stars

Argentina Announce Squad For Italy & Spain Friendlies

By Keegan Kruger - Mar 02, 2018 10:30 AM @KeeganKruger

Manager Jorge Sampaoli has named his 22-man Argentina squad for their upcoming clashes against Italy and Spain, and several stars were snubbed once again.

Click through the gallery above to see some Argentina stars who missed out on their national team's latest squad.

The Albiceleste, who are preparing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, will face Italy at the Etihad Stadium, home of Premier League leaders Manchester City, on 23 March, and then take on Spain four days later at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano.

Sampaoli's latest squad sees Everton's defender Ramiro Funes Mori and Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain return to the national team, while Carlos Tevez and Paulo Dybala miss out, alongside Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi.

The former Chile manager has announced his international contingent, but will add a few more local players, who are based in Argentina, to the group in the coming days.

Here is Argentina's 22-man squad in full, as announced by the Argentina Football Association:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres), Willy Caballero (Chelsea)

Defenders: Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Federico Fazio (Roma), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton), Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax Amsterdam)

Midfielders: Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Leandro Paredes (Zenit St Petersburg), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain), Diego Perotti (Roma), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica)

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain)

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Argentina are drawn in Group D with Nigeria, Iceland and Croatia for the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Do you think Argentina have a chance of winning the World Cup in Russia this year? Let us know in the comments section below.


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kg_4_khosi Joined: 12 Oct 2011
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kg_4_khosi Mar 02, 2018 10:56 PM
Two of their goal keepers are bench warmers, strong upfront but no cohesion upfront
Ant_55 Joined: 22 Mar 2016
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Ant_55 Mar 02, 2018 03:01 PM
Snub or rested? Stop sensationalizing your stories guys we're still going to read them :-(
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Myaka weliPhefeni Mar 02, 2018 01:53 PM
Dybala is not there bt still is strong team
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Flipping lyf Mar 02, 2018 12:32 PM
Maginal Dybala left out oh what did this young boy done to Argentina but anyway nothing can take his brilliance hambi wo bywala nsinya andzhaka ntshava wuta kula va hindzi vandlela vata wunavela vawukha
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Schweinstriker_31 Mar 02, 2018 11:26 AM
Should have excluded king messi
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Maloh11 Mar 02, 2018 11:00 AM
please call lamela for WC

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