Jorge Sampaoli’s 23-man Argentina World Cup squad
Just a week ago, Argentina announced their 35-man World Cup squad for Russia.
On Monday, Jorge Sampaoli will whittle that down to 23 players who will represent Argentina in the 2018 World Cup.
Argentina are in Group D of the World Cup, alongside Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria. For many this is the “Group of Death”.
But, with Leo Messi anything is possible and it would be a surprise were Argentina to fail to qualify for the knockout rounds.
Olé Announce Argentina’s 23-man World Cup squad
When it comes to news of the Argentina national team, the gold standard is newspaper Olé.
On Monday morning (UK time), Olé have announced the 23 names in the Argentina squad for the World Cup.
Jorge Sampaoli has trimmed down his squad from 35 to 23 and the official announcement will be made on Monday.
The Argentina 23-man World Cup squad
According to Olé, this is Argentina’s 23-man World Cup squad:
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero, Franco Armani and Willy Caballero.
Defenders: Gabriel Mercado, Federico Fazio, Nicolás Otamendi, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolás Tagliafico and Marcos Rojo.
Midfielders: Ever Banega, Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Angel Di Maria, Gio Lo Celso, Manuel Lanzini, Maxi Meza and Marcos Acuña.
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, Gonzalo Higuaín, Cristian Pavón and Paulo Dybala.
The big talking points amongst the Argentina squad
After playing a key role in Inter Milan’s late win at Lazio, that secured Champions League football on Sunday night, Mauro Icardi is left out.
In truth, Icardi’s absence is not a huge surprise but the Inter hitman did finish joint top goal scorer in Serie A.
According to the Argentine press, two of the key men in the squad are Cristian Ansaldi and Nicolás Tagliafico.
Sergio Aguero looking good in training
Jorge Sampaoli puts a lot of pressure on his wing backs to work extremely hard down the flanks and it could well be Ansaldi and Tagliafico that are key to the whole system.
Other players to keep an eye on, and are much less known than the likes of Messi, Aguero, Huguain etc. are winger Marcos Acuña of Sporting CP and Maxi Meza, a midfielder for Independiente.
The good news for Argentina is that Sergio Aguero has returned to training and looks to be in decent shape for the World Cup. See the video below.