Alejandro Garnacho of Manchester United in Argentina preliminary list, Lionel Messi returns


Lionel Messi is back in the Argentina team as Alejandro Garnacho of Manchester United makes the preliminary list.

Messi returns to the Argentina national team as coach Lionel Scaloni has released his preliminary list for the World Cup qualifiers in March. A total of 44 players have been called to the Argentina team with Scaloni selecting many youth players.

Garnacho, only 17 years old, is born in Spain and has represented Spain at youth level. His mother is Argentine and he is eligible to play for the Argentina national team. Luka Romero of Lazio, another 17 year old, has also been included in the preliminary team.

Valentin and Franco Carboni, both from the Inter youth team, are also in the team. Both players have represented Italy at youth level. Their father Ezequiel was team mates with Alejandro Papu Gomez at Catania.

Lucas Boyé has scored seven goals in 20 matches with Elche this season and that has earned the 26 year old a call up to the team. Matias Soulé, the 18 year old from Juventus is also included.

Here is the list:

Franco Armani (River Plate)
Juan Musso (Atalanta)
Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa)
Esteban Andrada (Monterrey)
Geronimo Rulli (Villarreal)

Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla)
Nahuel Molina (Udinese)
Juan Foyth (Villarreal)
Lucas Martínez Quarta (Fiorentina)
Germán Pezella (Real Betis)
Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica)
Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur)
Lisandro Martínez (Ajax)
Nehuén Pérez (Udinese)
Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax)
Marcos Acuña (Sevilla)

Franco Carboni (Inter)
Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain)
Guido Rodríguez (Real Betis)
Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid)
Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen)
Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United)
Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal)
Roberto Pereyra (Udinese)
Emiliano Buendía (Aston Villa)
Alejandro Papu Gómez (Sevilla)
Nicolás Gonzalez (Fiorentina)
Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla)
Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United)
Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton)
Nicolás Paz (Real Betis)
Tiago Geralnik (Villarreal)
Valentin Carboni (Inter)

Ángel Di María (Paris Saint-Germain)
Luka Romero (Lazio)
Matias Soulé (Juventus)
Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Lautaro Martínez (Inter)
Ángel Correa (Atletico Madrid)
Julián Álvarez (River Plate)
Giovanni Simeone (Verona)
Lucas Boyé (Elche)


  1. Andrada , Pererya wasted spots like Meza last time. Else it is apt list & good to see Simeone & Boye in prelim 44. Hopefully they will be in final call also. Scaloni cld have also picked Alario who is now out of injuries.

  2. It’s a good initiative to bring a young player in the preliminary list, even don’t mind if Luca Romero is being given a chance to play. And Gio and Dybala need to be a starter

    Seems that we missed Benitez on the list; he will for sure will be waiting for French call up

  3. Who knew, with the Argentinian economy’s problems in the past many years there are more and more kids of Argentine descent popping up in other countries (such as these two, the half Japanese kid in Barcelona, the 14 year old in New York City FC, Giovanni Reyna to an extent, Luka Romero, and others that aren’t coming to my head now). I hope the AFA tries to be almost militaristic about getting them to represent us. Once Argentino always Argentino

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