Argentina announce provisional 35 man World Cup squad and Jorge Sampaoli will face a challenge to cut this star-studded side down to 23
- Argentina have announced their preliminary 35 man squad for the World Cup
- Head coach Jorge Sampaoli must cut it down to 23 by June 4
- A number of Premier League players have been included in the initial squad
Argentina have announced their preliminary 35 man squad as preparations for the World Cup this summer begin.
They will face Haiti in a warm-up match later this month before head coach Jorge Sampaoli faces the impossible task of cutting down his star-studded line-up to just 23. The current provisional squad boasts a wealth of attacking talent with Lionel Messi, ' Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Mauro Icardi all selected among others. A number of Premier League players are also involved at this stage, with Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi included, along with Manchester United's Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo, West Ham's Manuel Lanzini and Everton centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori. There was no room for Tottenham winger, Erik Lamela, who has spent half of the season out injured and struggled to break back into the first-team. Former Man United player Angel di Maria also received the call up but several stars are likely to be left at home when Sampaoli names his final squad on June 4.
In the previous squad named for friendlies with Italy and Spain there was no room for Juventus striker Dybala or Inter Milan's Icardi. The latter looks set to miss out on the final squad once again, despite his 28 goal haul in Serie A this year.
Argentina kick off their World Cup campaign in Russia with a game against Iceland on June 16.
The other two sides in their group are Croatia and Nigeria, and they will be hoping this time-out they can finally go the full distance and win.
Opportunities for Lionel Messi to win a major tournament on the international stage are running out and the 30-year-old almost hung up his boots two years ago after Argentina lost a fourth straight final in nine years.
They only just qualified for this year's World Cup when Messi produced a masterclass performance to drag them from the clutches of humiliation in their final qualifying game.
Only a win would do going into the match against Ecuador but they went 1-0 down within minutes. As usual, Messi stepped up to the challenge, notching himself a 44th career hat-trick to seal automatic qualification.
ARGENTINA 35 MAN WORLD CUP SQUAD IN FULL Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero, Nahuel Guzman, Willy Caballero, Franco Armani Defenders: Gabriel Mercado, Javier Mascherano, Nicolás Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Nicolás Tagliafico, Marcos Rojo, Marcos Acuña, Ramiro Funes Mori, Cristian Ansaldi, Eduardo Salvio, Germán Pezzella Midfielders: Ángel Di María, Ever Banega, Lucas Biglia, Manuel Lanzini, Gio Lo Celso, Ricardo Centurión, Guido Pizarro, Leandro Paredes, Maximiliano Meza, Enzo Pérez, Pablo Pérez, Rodrigo Battaglia, Cristian Pavón Forwards: Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, Gonzalo Higuaín, Paulo Dybala, Mauro Icardi, Lautaro Martínez, Diego Perotti
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