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Argentina Announce Provisional World Cup Squad, Snub 7 Stars

Argentina Announce Provisional World Cup Squad, Snub 7 Stars

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By David Kappel - May 15, 2018 08:40 AM @kappilinho

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has announced his 35-man provisional squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and snubbed some high-profile players.

Click through the gallery above to see seven internationals who were snubbed for the latest Argentina squad.

The Albiceleste, who only qualified in the last game of their qualification campaign, have been drawn in Group D alongside Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

It was rumoured that Argentina could face South Africa in a pre-World Cup friendly, but these plans never materialised. They have, instead, lined up a friendly against Haiti on 29 May.

Sampaoli has lots of attacking threat at his disposal, and many wondered if Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Mauro Icardi would all be selected in the same squad.

All five of them were called up by to Sampaoli's preliminary squad, and the coach has until 4 June to announce his final 23-man squad for the tournament in Russia.

Here is Argentina's squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero, Nahuel Guzman, Willy Caballero, Franco Armani

Defenders: Gabriel Mercado, Javier Mascherano, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Rojo, Marcos Acuna, Ramiro Funes Mori, Cristian Ansaldi, Eduardo Salvio, German Pezzella

Midfielders: Angel Di Maria, Ever Banega, Lucas Biglia, Manuel Lanzini, Gio Lo Celso, Ricardo Centurion, Guido Pizarro, Leandro Paredes, Maximiliano Meza, Enzo Perez, Pablo Perez, Rodrigo Battaglia, Cristian Pavon

Forwards: Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, Gonzalo Higuaín, Paulo Dybala, Mauro Icardi, Lautaro Martínez, Diego Perotti

Read: Brazil Announce 23-man World Cup Squad

Argentina start their 2018 World Cup campaign on 16 June against Iceland.

Which players would you select in your final Argentina squad? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Khosination10 Joined: 22 Aug 2013
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Khosination10 May 17, 2018 02:38 PM
good team I believe they will do something
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kg_4_khosi May 16, 2018 01:18 PM
Only quality forwards, aguero needs to come to the party and higuain
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MR E May 16, 2018 12:13 AM
Messi and the crew need to be on their level and play like a team, I'm hoping to see them playing to their best
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Prayer@k4l May 15, 2018 10:08 PM
I like it for their forwards
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Faysal May 15, 2018 04:27 PM
Look at these players how on earth they can't win world cup
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downzzz May 15, 2018 04:03 PM
Why nt write they teams also?
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Thierry Henry May 15, 2018 03:59 PM
@chauke miehleketo you know football
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chauke miehleketo May 15, 2018 01:49 PM
@Soni_JX , Messi was benched in their last 2 friendly matches and they lost......so what makes you believe that benching Messi this time around is gonna work.........for me having Messi in the team boost the confidence of the players and thus forcing the opposition to be more cautious in their approach... ..So benching Messi is not an option......the coach must try to play both Messi and dybala.....with Dybala playing with Aguero upfront and messi behind them,,,,,thats my opinion
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305majola May 15, 2018 01:46 PM
@Soni_JX I don't think the guys are made to play for messi. If you check the games whereby messi was unavailable to play, Argentina struggled. The problem with Argentina is that many players in the squad are just average.
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Soni_JX May 15, 2018 12:53 PM
The only way this team can perform optimally, it's for them to bench Messi in the first match.......play a messi-less game plan and win. It is then that they can allow him to come in and be forced to fit in a winning team. Otherwise all these players will be made to play for him and that begins to limit options. Fact is Argentina is not barCOWlona.....hence messi won't be able to do what he does at barCOWlona. I just pitty these players......they are going to be made to guff and huff for messi instead of being given a chance to play their normal game. I might be wrong.....for me its much more easier for messi to fit into a winning combo, than building a winning combo around him (outside barCOWlona).
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Boris Becker May 15, 2018 11:12 AM
@pato for my senior blogger, you are brainless
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Boris Becker May 15, 2018 11:10 AM
My team madoda moooeeerrr
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chinyama May 15, 2018 10:33 AM
the problem with argentina they are best in one position . forward only
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JAWS OF LIFE May 15, 2018 10:21 AM
As l0ng as they give us a W0rld Cup t0 remember it's 0kay.
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Khosism May 15, 2018 09:53 AM
What was Crespo saying vele? It seem like some of the big name Argentina legends don't like Messi. Maybe it's because he has surpassed them without even having to win the world cup. This man is a hero, but legends like Crespo try to make him a villain. Kanti who is the coach at Argentina?
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laqwela May 15, 2018 09:42 AM
its too much of a pressure to these guys as it is very difficult to play their normal game coz there's somebody very big to take care of...
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DieHardFan May 15, 2018 09:31 AM
Midfield is not that strong, and it is unfortunately where the game is won. I'd bet with my last cent that these cows won't win the world cup. The tennis score drubbing by Spain as few months ago was a crucial beacon of worst things to come

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