River Plate goalkeeper Franco ARMANI has zero caps to his name with the Argentina National Team but he has stated that he wants to get a chance to play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Having spent most of his playing career in Colombia and only recently come back to Argentina, ARMANI has been flying under the radar in terms of Argentine goalkeepers. Making a name for himself at Atletico Nacional, it was only after having joined River Plate that he received his first call-up for his country. And for him, it could not have come at a better time.
With Sergio ROMERO injured and the goalkeeping position up for grabs, ARMANI wants to make that spot his own. Speaking with Radio 10, here’s the shot stopper had to say:
“Being on the list of 23 fills me with pride but I’m not satisfied and I’m going to fight for a spot. I have prepared myself in the best way possible and I want to get an opportunity (to play) in the World Cup.”
Despite all of the speculation in the media regarding which players would receive the call to go to the World Cup for Argentina, ARMANI mentioned that he didn’t know anything about it.
“I didn’t know anything about the call-up. I found out when the list came out.”
ARMANI then goes on to speak about Lionel MESSI and the team:
“The same quality he has in dribbling and finishing, he’s got it as a human. He’s an extraordinary leader.
“The idea and the dream of this group is to win the World Cup but to have a good World Cup would be to finish among the four best.”
Aside from winning the FIFA World Cup, the general idea among the players appears to be that finishing in the top four would be a good tournament. Lionel MESSI has said it, as has AFA president Claudio TAPIA and now Franco ARMANI.