Manuel Lanzini, Gio Simeone to get called to Argentina team, many changes expected


Manuel Lanzini and Gio Simeone are both expected to be called-up to the Argentina national team.

The two Argentine players will likely be in the Argentina team this month as coach Lionel Scaloni is rumored to be making a few changes. According to TyC Sports, Lionel Scaloni will not call-up players that are not fully fit. He will not force the hand of European clubs to release their players.

Lanzini scored twice for West Ham against Crystal Palace while Gio Simeone is on 12 goals in 19 matches this season. Scaloni is expected to call-up mostly local based players to the team. Per the report, it would be mostly in the back line and midfield.

Argentina play Chile away at altitude in the desert on January 27 before playing on February 1 against Colombia at home.

@mundoalbiceleste Manuel Lanzini scored 2 goals for West Ham. #Football #Futbol #Soccer #Argentina #WestHam #messi ♬ West Ham Till I Die – West Ham FanChants & Hammers Fans Songs


  1. I would like to see Ocampos getting a call. He is trying hard with Sevilla to get that call. Same situation DiMaria faced before, but Scaloni called him for Copa America and rest is history.

  2. Well accepted with few changes; it’s worth to give space for new ‘on fire’ players. Lanzini and Gio have shown their performance and deserved the call-up from N/T. Lanzini is a potential player only his fitness is the issue. One of the weakness in ARG squad is the fitness and injury. This needed a full backup players with same quality. Beside Scaloni did not overhaul the team, just a 2-3 new players are most welcome to bring the freshness, comparison and optional. Beside it should be like this as N/T is not a closed door

  3. I think this is only for next week qualifiers. It signifies Scaloni has common sense as we already qualified. Now, if he manages to create squad depth, then it will be great for us.
    I have high regards for Sabella even more than Scaloni but one thing I never liked the depth of the squad in 2014 and that bit us in our back when some of the starting 11 were missing due to injury.

  4. Not sure it’s a great idea. I mean national team coaches get very little time to spend with the team to build chemistry and develop. I suppose if it’s only January it’s not a big deal but the closer we get to the World Cup, the more time we should be spending together.

  5. If he does scaloni is just a boludo arrogant argentino !
    We have momentum! We are undefeated in 27 games! This brings fear into opponents and raises our confidence level.
    Why would we ever take the foot off of the gas!!!! Wtf!! Happy with just qualifying for the World Cup !? Happy being mediocre!!
    We ALWAYS should bring our best current squad to represent ARGENTINA! local based is a joke… 4/5 out of 30 … ok… but we need to keep our foot on their necks!! It’s all or nothing!! World Cup or bust!! Keep the momentum and self confidence!

    • @Tony Montana I think it’s ok to experiment a little. There are a few shaky places in the team since Copa run and WC is still a year away. Remember players get injured and others lose form (Lo Celso for example. Don’t remember the last time he played well in club – maybe at Real Betis). Also 27 unbeaten really shouldn’t matter unless we win the World Cup. Look at Germany in the past experimenting to make sure which ones could be counted on if need be.

Comments are closed.