The Argentina squad has been announced with both DYBALA and ICARDI left out of the team.
Argentina National Team coach Jorge SAMPAOLI has announced his latest Argentina squad and Willy CABALLERO has received a call-up as has veteran striker Gonzalo HIGUAIN. The big news is that both Paulo DYBALA and Mauro ICARDI have been left out of the team. Here is the list announced for Argentina’s friendly matches this month against Italy and Spain:
Sergio ROMERO (Manchester United, England)
Nahuel GUZMAN (Tigres, Mexico)
Willy CABALLERO (Chelsea, England)
Marcos ROJO (Manchester United, England)
Ramiro FUNES MORI (Everton, England)
Federico FAZIO (AS Roma, England)
Nicolas OTAMENDI (Manchester City, England)
Marcos ACUÑA (Sporting CP, Portugal)
Eduardo SALVIO (Benfica, Portugal)
Nicolas TAGLIAFICO (Ajax, Netherlands)
Gabriel MERCADO (Sevilla, Spain)
Javier MASCHERANO (Hebei Fortune, China)
Leandro PAREDES (Zenit St. Petersburg, Russia)
Manuel LANZINI (West Ham United, England)
Giovani LO CELSO (PSG, France)
Lucas BIGLIA (AC Milan, Italy)
Ever BANEGA (Sevilla, Spain)
Angel DI MARIA (PSG, France)
Gonzalo HIGUAIN (Juventus, Italy)
Lionel MESSI (FC Barcelona, Spain)
Sergio AGÜERO (Manchester City, England)
Diego PEROTTI (AS Roma, Italy)
Gonzalo HIGUAIN in, DYBALA and ICARDI left out
Gonzalo HIGUAIN makes his comback to the Argentina team, having been left out of the last three squads (the four final World Cup Qualifiers as well as the two friendly matches). With Mauro ICARDI and Paulo DYBALA left out, it could be an indication that Lautaro MARTINEZ would receive his first Argentina call while Cristian PAVON of Boca would continue to be included.
Interesting to note that Marcos ACUNA and Eduardo SALVIO have been put under the defenders list with Javier MASCHERANO put under midfielders.
The domestic based squad will be announced at a later date with Lautaro MARTINEZ and Cristian PAVON expected to make the list.