Six Argentina players from 2017 U20 World Cup team in current team

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A total of six Argentine players from the 2017 U20 World Cup have been included in the recent Argentina team.

Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni has announced his preliminary list of players for the Finalissima match against Italy in June. Of those 36 players, six of them were part of the 2017 U20 World Cup.

Those six players being Juan Foyth, Gonzalo Montiel, Marcos Senesi, Exequiel Palacios, Lautaro Martinez and Lisandro Martinez. Here are the players which have been called up.

That team lost 3-0 vs. England, 2-1 vs. South Korea and won 5-0 vs. Guinea. Lautaro Martinez scored twice in the 5-0 win with Marcos Senesi, Marcelo Torres and Matias Zaracho all scoring. Here are the players for the match against Italy in June:

Goalkeepers:
Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa)
Juan Musso (Atalanta)
Geronimo Rulli (Villarreal)
Franco Armani (River Plate)

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

Midfielders:
Guido Rodríguez (Real Betis)
Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain)
Nicolás Domínguez (Bologna)
Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton)
Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid)
Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen)
Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal)

Forwards:
Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)
Alejandro Papu Gómez (Sevilla)
Nicolás González (Fiorentina)
Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla)
Ángel Di María (Paris Saint-Germain)
Emiliano Buendía (Aston Villa)
Ángel Correa (Atletico Madrid)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Joaquín Correa (Inter)
Julián Álvarez (River Plate)
Lucas Alario (Bayer Leverkusen)
Lautaro Martínez (Inter)

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  1. My picking order will be..
    In midfield,
    1.Rdp 2.locelso 3.paredes 4.enzo 5.gomes/lanzini 6.guido 7.baundia 8. A. Correa

    Forward,
    1.messi 2.dimaria 3.lautaro 4. Nico 5.alvarez 6.alario 7.dybala
    I know here is lot of people like dybala but I personally think playing Messi and dybala is a gamble when defence is not a rock solid

    • Alario can do Julio Cruz/Martin Palermo role in the previous WC the problem is we will likely bring just ONE extra forward (if 26 players) and the competition of that last spot is fierce.

      Currently Julian Alvarez and Dybala are also fighting for that last spot if you assume Angel and Joaquin Correa are safe in the final 26.

      So Alvarez, Dybala, and Alario for one last spot.

  2. Alario and palacios scored goals. Both started the game. As Kevin said alario is effiicient in converting those chances. With good possession based team alario can flourish. Palacios also getting into his rhythm. It’s nice.

  3. I work in Qatar , the argentinian team is going to stay in a facility where I am working. It is the Qatar university and I am super excited about it , I am with the maintenance team of the facility, there are 2 teams going to stay other was booked for egypt since they have not qualified it is likely that Spanish team will head there

  4. Lucas Alario’s inclusion shows Scaloni’s pragmatism. He is supremely clinical , has great positioning can score from different angles and is capable of scoring all kinds of goals. Why a striker of such caliber is happy staying as a sub in Leverkusen is beyond comprehension He should be given chance ahead of J.Correa and should be no-2 in striker pecking order.

  5. Happy to see Paulo Dybla in squad,Dybla is must for WC roster 2022.Dybla’s passing and shooting accuracy is almost 100% We can not miss this kind of player. Dybla ‘s long range passing short range passing, driblling,shooting, free kicks all are good.
    Dybla and Angel Di Maria provide extra edge in pitch.

  6. Good squad!
    Let’s keep in mind it’s a preliminary list and will be reduced

    I was surprised that our most in-form midfielder Enzo Fernandez wasn’t included, but I suppose this is only the list for Finalissima and the squad for June training camp & friendlies will be different. Will be a good opportunity to try him out in those games among with other sub candidates

    Senesi finally included is nice to see. Funny that he makes history at 25 and never before selected and suddenly wanted by both Euro & Copa winners

    • “The Argentinian defender is not the quickest in the first meters and also not in long distance, but he certainly is not slow.”
      You claim he is “very slow”

      What is correct? Your opinion or the “wonderful in depth analysis” you recommend?

      • Interesting read. It seems Senesi is proactive so moves ahead to break attacks. I see Romero doing the same for Tottenham recently. I blv thats why Scaloni prefers Cuti- Ota or Licha -Ota combo. Otamendi stays back to cover if required, so his lack of pace is also not that visible with the NT set up.

        • It will show in the wc. In wc coaches watches video of every player and analysis their strength and weaknesses and top teams generally utilises the weaknesses. Plus conmebal referees don’t give cards to normal foul they are very lenient towards defenders which will not be the case in wc. You will see lots of soft penalties, soft cards etc that’s make wc tougher than any continental tournament. In Last 30+ years only 2008 dream Spanish side was the only side who won the wc after becoming the continental champion. Otherwise naturally continental champions dont win the wc. So history is against us.

  7. Very dissapointed with the selection of rulli( biggest error prone goalkeeper in the history of football), Nathun Perez( Not ready for this World Cup) and non selection of Enzo Fernandez (One of the Argentine best Midfielder)& Facundo Medina ( solid defender literally pocketed mbappe, Neymar & Messi against psg) but happy with Alario inclusion if injury free he can be an asset & perfect backup for lautaro Martinez. I have one Big doubt about Marcos Sensi is that he is very slow…. What are yours thought about Marcos Sensi speed….

    • Senesi is very slow. He would not have called senesi if not this Italy callup news. Scaloni will make sure he will not play for Italy

  8. Wolverhampton have made an approach on buying 19 year old Racing midfielder Carlos Alcaraz.
    There is also concrete interest in both Facundo Farias and Santi Simon from European teams.
    Argentina u20 beat peru in 2 friendlies. The first 3-1 & the second 2-1. Many overseas based kids were not called up this time.

  9. Alario should be first backup for Lautaro. His positioning, heading and finishing is good. He’s good on shooting with both foot. Good in Penalties.
    Still don’t know why he’s stuck in Leverkusen..? Anyway next season he will get champions league experience there.
    Recurring injury is the only concern…!

  10. This Garnacho seems to copy many things from CR7 including the way he prepares the PK. The last time someone copies CR7 heavily, it turns out to be Mbappe. Hope he will pick up many good stuff too. Being a left winger, I agree with him to learn from “the best left winger of all time”.

    When Di Maria was discovered. I thought it was perfect timing for us because we did not have a quality left winger for a long time. Our best left winger was just someone like Claudio Lopez before him. Di Maria ends up being with us for more than 14 years. We desperately need him as Argentina is never known for producing wingers.

    Now there is also a lack of quality left winger among the youth as well. Almost all the quality attackers are either AMC (number 10) or right wingers or second striker. Garnacho is the only left winger we have.

    • Scaloni should try Alvarez as winger and Alario as the backup striker. Alvarez positioning sometimes looks not good. As a winger he could be useful with his speed and dribbling plus 1on1 situations. Alario is only a substitute player but he is scoring goal with the limited time available. And that would be a perfect “back up” for us.

    • I hope to see Garnacho at WC. He has very good stamina and speed, can run from the defense towards opposition goal at full speed at 90 minutes. We also need a fast left winger. This lad can have impact like Mbappe in 22 WC for France.
      But, we never select young players. We didn’t field even the brilliant Lionel Messi in 2006 quarter final. Irony.

      • Yes even menotti didn’t pick maradona in 1978 wc but the difference is 1978 Argentina squad was far superior than this squad what we have now

  11. We will play 2 friendlies right? Italy and Israel. Just like the previous qualifiers, 2 matches at a time. So the list should be around 30 players. If there is a cut, maybe 5 players at most.

    • No we will be playing 4 friendlies. Italy, israel, south korea and another in place of cancelled Brazil one plus there will be 1 month long camp in this june

  12. Yes it’s preliminary list. Lanzini is missing; Rulli and Armani still on the list with Mac Allistar. Would like to see if Enzo could be call up, although not going to Qatar but worth trying. Dybala should be given time to prove himself, otherwise Lamela is better

  13. Enzo Farnandez is just 20 he has a lot of time
    for national team.every Final match is important though it is a friendly final but winning a final gives you mental strenght.and i know scaloni doesnt want to give away it to italy so easily.lionel scaloni has a mental strenght.Armani,Juaqin correa,mac allister still didnt convince me but scaloni better know what’s going on his mind.We want to see our favourite player player to call up.but at the end of the day result is most important thing.

  14. Seems good squad.. So many name will be cut in Final day..What i accepted @anuparno and others darling guy enzo can’t make the squad😊 i watched a 30 min of Sensi match,so i don’t know mouch about him..for me he is very good forward passer, great header,physically strong and looks slow but don’t know how much! compare to the others.For foyth CB or RB he must be going.. In midfield Dominguez is very good player, i had high hope for palacios but now i don’t know about him.may be maxalcester over him.. Very good passer and also very smart at poistioning..and we all know who are rest 5.In forward no chance for bundia,ocompass..(some one take him mid but he is not playing as midfielder so zero chance).. Nico very interesting player,lautrao,alvarez,messi,maria,dybala and o not sure about 2 coreea or alario(scoloni know better)

  15. Ledesma surely deserves a call over Rulli & definitely shit Armani, huh?? But “Armani Quota” will exist in the NT till his death I think!

    • Armani still better than shitty bulshit ruli..such a error prone, zero confidence level goalkeeper i never ever seen in top League.. Totally bulshit.. Emi m,musso and third one maybe Armani or any other not the shitty below class ruliiii

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