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Argentina’s 23-man squad revealed!!! Messi and Aguero in Argetine squad but not Icardi

News by Published on Updated on 22 May,2018
  • Forwards Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain have been included
  • Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi, is left out this time
  • Ramiro Funes Mori named in manager Sampaoli's provisional list
  • Argentina will begin their World Cup campaign against Iceland

Good news for Argentine fans!!!

CAPTION: Lionel Messi, The Star SOURCE: Evening Standard

Forwards Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain have all been included in Argentina's 23-man squad for the World Cup 2018, Russia.

But it’s somehow disappointing to hear that Serie A's joint top scorer, Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi, is left out this time.

Aguero is joined by five other Premier League players including Manchester City’s team-mate Nicolas Otamendi.

West Ham's Manuel Lanzini, Manchester United pair Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo, and Chelsea's Willy Caballero are the other England-based players that have been included in the current squad.

Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori, who made only four first-team appearances last season has been left out due to injury, having been named in manager Jorge Sampaoli's provisional squad.

Argentina will begin their World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16 and will be having further matches against Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.

They almost failed to qualify for the finals in Russia, but a hat-trick from Barcelona’s forward Messi changed the direction in their final qualification game.

Despite fielding a number of Europe's best attacking players, Sampaoli's side only scored 19 goals in 18 qualifying matches.

Icardi has been left out despite scoring 29 goals in 34 games in Italy's top flight this season. Sad news for Icardi and his fans.

Argentine Squad

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Willy Caballero (Chelsea), Franco Armani (River Plate). Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Federico Fazio (Roma), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Taglafico (Ajax), Javier Mascherano (Hebei Fortune), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino). Ever Banega (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Angel Di Maria, Giovani Lo Celso (both Paris St-Germain), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica). Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala (both Juventus), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City).
For more details about the matches have a look at this World Cup Schedule.

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