Messi named in Argentina squad for World Cup qualifiers


Online Desk: Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been named in Argentina’s preliminary 23-man squad for their opening 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Bolivia. The 32-year-old leads an attack that also includes Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, Juventus forward Paulo Dybala and Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez. The Albiceleste will play Ecuador in Buenos Aires on March 26 and Bolivia in La Paz five days later as part of the South American zone qualifying tournament. Messi will miss the first match because of suspension. Head coach Lionel Scaloni called up five Italy-based players despite the
country’s emergency coronavirus measures, which include travel restrictions and a ban on public gatherings. All sport in Italy – including the Serie A – has been suspended until at
least April 3 as local authorities attempt to combat the virus. Scaloni is expected to add at least two Argentina-based players to the squad over the next fortnight. Argentina squad: Goalkeepers: Juan Musso (Udinese) Defenders: Nehuen Perez (Famalicao), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Renzo Saravia (Internacional), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Leonardo Balerdi (Borussia Dortmund) Midfielders: Guido Rodriguez (Real Betis), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain), Nicolas Dominguez (Bologna), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham), Alexis Mac Allister
(Brighton) Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Lucas
Ocampos (Sevilla), Lucas Alario (Bayer Leverkusen), Nicolas Gonzalez (Stuttgart), Paulo Dybala (Juventus) and Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan).


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