No room for Mauro Icardi
Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni has revealed his 23-man squad for next month's Copa America in Brazil.
As expected, there's no room for Inter striker Mauro Icardi. His name had been among the provisional list of 40 released but the 26-year old had missed most of the Serie A season following a public row over the captaincy with the Nerazzurri.
Also not a surprise is the inclusion of Lionel Messi, who ended his international hiatus in March. But, despite scoring 21-times in the Premier League and helping Manchester City win the domestic treble, Sergio Aguero's presence in the squad is somewhat surprising. The 30-year old striker is yet to play under Scaloni, and last featured for La Selección in their World Cup quarter final defeat to France in June of 2018.
#SelecciónMayor ¡Estos son los 23 convocados! Aquí, la lista de @lioscaloni para disputar la @CopaAmerica de Brasil.#VamosArgentina 🇦🇷💪⚽️ pic.twitter.com/ldiNiUV2zB
— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) May 21, 2019
Watford winger Roberto Pereyra is rewarded for a fine season with the FA Cup finalists, while Tottenham defender Juan Foyth has the chance to add to his 3 international caps. But having made each of their last three squads, there's no room for Sevilla defender Gabriel Mercado.
Argentina are drawn in Group B for the 46th edition of the Copa America along with Colombia, Paraguay and guest nation Qatar. The Albicelestes haven't won the tournament since 1993.
Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Agustin Marchesin (Club America), Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors)
Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Renzo Saravia (Racing), Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Angel Di Maria (PSG), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis), Leandro Paredes (PSG), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Exequiel Palacios (River Plate), Guido Rodriguez (Club America)
Forwards: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Lautaro Martinez (Inter), Matias Suarez (River Plate)