Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni comments on the youth players being called to the team


Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni has commented on the youth players which have been called up to the team.

Lionel Scaloni announced his preliminary list of players for the March World Cup qualifiers. Of that list, four of them are 17 with three of them being 18 year old’s. Speaking at the airport in Argentina, here is what Scaloni had to say about them:

“To all the players we have called, the kids that are in Europe, we spoke with them and with their families. The idea is that they come and under no circumstances are we going to decide for them,

“In any case, when the time comes, if they decide to play for the senior nationak team, which is the one that would relaly prevent them from playing for another team, that decision will be theirs. Never ours.”

Scaloni also mentioned that Bernardo Romeo, Pablo Aimar and Javier Mascherano were the scouts for them:

“But in any case, they are anxious to come, they have shown interest to be here and to know what the Argentina national team is. After that, they will have time to decide. If there is ever a case where we have to use one of them, they will decide and never the Argentina national team coach.

“They have seen these players that they are following and there are many more who we can have the opportunity to watch. They don’t stop being Argentineans, that is very clear. Why not take advantage of them and give them the opportunity to decide?”

The youth players which have been called to the team are the following:

Luka Romero (Lazio, 17 year old, played with the Argentina U15 team)
Matías Soulé: (Juventus, 18 year old, previously called to the team)
Franco Carboni: (Inter, 18 year old)
Valentín Carboni: Inter, 17 year old)
Alejandro Garnacho: (Manchester United, 17 year old)
Nicolás Paz: (Real Madrid, 17 year old)
Tiago Geralnik: (Villarreal, 18 year old)


  1. For the 1st time in a long time. I see something special in AFA. They are finally getting their act together. I remember when Claudio Fabián Tapia took over AFA and appointed Scaloni as manager. He mentioned the importance of sticking with a NT manager, not switching every two years, and he and Scaloni emphasize youth progression & integration within the NT squad.

    We will see the benefits of this in years to come if no internal conflict arise.

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