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Argentina Announce Squad For Crucial WC Qualifiers, Snub 8 Stars

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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