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Argentina Announce Final World Cup Squad, Snub Goal Machine

Argentina Announce Final FIFA 2018 World Cup Squad, Snub Goal Machine

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By David Kappel - May 22, 2018 07:26 AM @kappilinho

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has now cut his preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup down to his final 23 players, and shockingly axed Serie A's top goalscorer.

Click through the gallery above to see some players who missed out on Argentina's WC squad.

Despite scoring 29 goals in the Italian top flight, Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi was left out of Sampaoli's final selection.

Lautaro Martinez, who has been banging in the goals in his native Argentina, Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori and Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes were also among the players who were cut from Sampaoli's initial list.

"Unfortunately, we could only choose four in attack and many important players like (Diego) Perotti, Icardi, Lautaro Martinez were left out," Sampaoli said, as quoted by ESPN.

"I'm grateful to all the players that have contributed to Argentina being at the World Cup. I always had clear that these players are on the list that are closest to the idea that we want."

Here is Argentina's final 23-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Wilfredo Caballero (Chelsea), Franco Armani (River Plate)

Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Federico Fazio (Roma), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax Amsterdam), Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP)

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors)

Forwards: Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus)

Read: Brazil's World Cup Snubbed XI

Argentina have been drawn in Group D alongside Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

Do you think Argentina's squad is strong enough to lift the World Cup? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Matayitayi Joined: 24 Jan 2014
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Matayitayi Jun 02, 2018 12:41 PM
Higuan is costing Argentina cup finals , icardi was my choice YhoOo
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mbixane May 23, 2018 04:00 PM
Sekebeke bani futhi phantsi umongameli? hayi naye uyarhala
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Thembelani_James May 23, 2018 02:07 PM
Higuani over Icardi...aykhona, this coach is not serious!
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Warras4phefeni May 23, 2018 11:14 AM
If the Coach can put a formation that will suit Dyabala and stop this thing of fighting with a lad.
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Tsamaya May 23, 2018 10:10 AM
messi,aguero and dybala on a 4-3-3 or 3-4-3 formation all are very deadly iyo im scared
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MR E May 23, 2018 09:40 AM
Anyway good squad and for icardi he was not supposed to be left out, Higuani didn't do better than him, perfomance count!
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Chicharito07 May 22, 2018 10:57 PM
@skovert very accurate grootman
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Bragibbz May 22, 2018 08:00 PM
Ok then i cnt wait to see them on the field hey!#JINGLING
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Special*00 May 22, 2018 07:51 PM
I only like Dybala and Angel Di Maria in this squad
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Bragibbz May 22, 2018 07:47 PM
Ok then i cnt wait to see them on the field hey!#JINGLING
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Mandie07 May 22, 2018 07:03 PM
Let's wait and see
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blackmail May 22, 2018 06:27 PM
I foresee a great deal of goals
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clemz7 May 22, 2018 06:25 PM
He was supposed to drop King Messi to be mid
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Makarios May 22, 2018 05:50 PM
They'll regret not including Icardi.
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vijjox May 22, 2018 05:23 PM
Very strong squad but they always flops in the most vital games
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Soni_JX May 22, 2018 03:19 PM
So said Crespo......hardy Icardi......never mind these COWS will not pass through to the semis
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The Buccaneers Legend May 22, 2018 02:14 PM
@Myaka weliPhefeni Seconded though, Croatia might come from 25/1(outsider) and suprise everyone.
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Couthinoo May 22, 2018 01:40 PM
Higuain again yhoo a curse mandoda
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CCTV May 22, 2018 01:14 PM
Lol this Higuain will cost them a just like he did in the 2014 World cup final
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Thobz10 May 22, 2018 01:13 PM
@305majola you're making a very good point bra. I really haven't watched Icardi but there's been a lot of noise about him. I dont know what kind of striker he is, i just hope Aguero and Higuane will show up and stop shooting blanks

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