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Argentina Announce Squad For Crucial WC Qualifiers, Snub 8 Stars

Argentina Announce Squad For Crucial FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, Snub 8 Stars

By David Kappel - Sep 18, 2017 01:00 PM @kappilinho

Argentina have announced their squad for their final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers – which could see Lionel Messi's side fail to make the trip to Russia – and snubbed eight big names.

Click through the gallery above to see some stars who failed to make Argentina's latest squad.

The Albiceleste currently sit in fifth spot in the South American qualifying group, which means they will have to go through a continental play-off to qualify for Russia 2018 if the status quo remains after the next round of fixtures.

Jorge Sampaoli's side have won only two of their past nine qualifying games, and will face fourth-placed Peru and eighth-placed Ecuador in their final two qualifiers.

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain was again one of the big-name absentees from Sampaoli's squad, while Javier Pastore misses out due to back problems.

Here is Argentina's complete selection, according to the team's official Twitter account:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres), Agustin Marchesin (America)

Defenders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Federico Fazio (Roma), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Emanuel Mammana (Zenit St Petersburg), German Pezzella (Fiorentina)

Midfielders: Ever Banega (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Leandro Paredes (Zenit St Petersburg), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Emiliano Rigoni (Zenit St Petersburg), Alejandro Gomez (Atalanta)

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Read: 10 Players Who Snubbed Representing Brazil

Argentina will once again look to Messi for inspiration, but the 30-year-old has scored only three goals in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign so far.

Can you imagine a World Cup without Messi's Argentina? Have your say in the comments section below.


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muchibwa10 Joined: 23 Sep 2017
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muchibwa10 Sep 23, 2017 11:10 AM
@Sihle Da-Dope Guy y are you so sure
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#eddie Joined: 16 Dec 2016
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#eddie Sep 20, 2017 09:51 PM
Obviously Argentina will be in the world cup...matter wat!!!
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Sihle Da-Dope Guy Joined: 25 Nov 2015
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Sihle Da-Dope Guy Sep 20, 2017 11:11 AM
There is nothing to worry about here.. Argentina will qualify
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Naked_Runner Sep 19, 2017 11:59 AM
The South American competition is very tight... unlike the overrated European countries
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jinks Joined: 22 Jul 2017
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jinks Sep 19, 2017 09:04 AM
Messi fans shud hope and pray that Argentina qualifies otherwise they will ve to enter in their shells and never come out if Argentina fails to qualifier with their self proclaimed messiah playing in all the qualifying games.
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MR E Sep 19, 2017 06:57 AM
World cup without messi is to be boring!
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DuksMkh Joined: 27 Aug 2013
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DuksMkh Sep 18, 2017 10:22 PM
Why don't they miss out and see what will Messi fans will say about it
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Sep 18, 2017 09:08 PM
Argentina will go thru in the play off
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lulikho Sep 18, 2017 08:07 PM
@Moral Even Parker can play in every forward positions. Even Erasmus. Its not about playing, its about makinh difference..
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mingus Sep 18, 2017 07:30 PM
Impressive squad, wish them to qualify for World cup.
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selinah Sep 18, 2017 06:13 PM
Seriously
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jinks Joined: 22 Jul 2017
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jinks Sep 18, 2017 05:37 PM
I cant believe this..they have won only two games out of the nine qualifying games? I think Messi was not playing in those games. This time he is going to play and I am expecting a hattrick.
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Myaka weliPhefeni Sep 18, 2017 05:25 PM
Terves retired or snubed and Dimechilis?
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Melizwe17@K4L Sep 18, 2017 05:24 PM
Aguero must start the game with Leo Messi & Dybala
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luckykumwenda@gmail.com Sep 18, 2017 04:51 PM
Go Argentina gooooo this time around Aguero must start he is on fire
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chinyama Sep 18, 2017 04:30 PM
@Moral at Barcelona only .what about national team he is great player not god think about it
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Moral Sep 18, 2017 04:09 PM
Messi is the god of football ...like it or not...coz he is a player of many qualities ...messi can play every forward position ...
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They shld try 2 play without Messi then introduce him in the second half.
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Schweinstriker_31 Sep 18, 2017 03:47 PM
whether madridiots fans like it or not messi's Argentine will qualify for next FIFA world cup
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Makarios Sep 18, 2017 03:36 PM
It seems like the vomiting one will watch it on tv.

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