Argentina’s coach, Lionel Scaloni, announced this Friday the squad for the matches against Venezuela and Ecuador with the presence of Lionel Messi and seven juniors with dual nationality as the main novelties.
The seven players with dual nationality who are in the squad are Franco and Valentín Carboni (Inter Milan), Luka Romero (Lazio), Matías Soulé (Juventus), Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United), midfielder Nicolás Paz (Real Madrid) and midfielder Tiago Geralnik (Villarreal).
Messi returns to the albiceleste after missing the previous two days, against Chile and Colombia, to recover from coronavirus.
Argentina, already qualified for the World Cup in Qatar, will receive Venezuela on March 25 and will visit Ecuador four days later. Then the suspended match against Brazil remains to be played, on a date to be confirmed.
Even with one game less, Brazil leads the South American qualifiers with 39 points, followed by Argentina with 35. Then there are Ecuador (25) and Uruguay (22) in the direct qualifying zone, Peru (21), who would play a playoff, and behind come Chile (19), Colombia (17), Bolivia (15), Paraguay (13) and Venezuela (10).
The list of 33 summoned
. Goalkeepers (3): Franco Armani (River Plate), Gerónimo Rulli (Villarreal-ESP) and Juan Musso (Atalanta-ITA).
. Defenders (9): Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla-ESP), Nahuel Molina (Udinese-ITA), Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica-POR), Juan Foyth (Villarreal-ESP), Lucas Martínez Quarta (Fiorentina-ITA), Germán Pezzella (Betis -ESP), Lisandro Martínez (Ajax-NED), Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax-NED) and Franco Carboni (Inter-ITA).
. Midfielders (9): Rodrigo De Paul (Atlético Madrid-ESP), Leandro Paredes (PSG-FRA), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen-GER), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham-GBR), Guido Rodríguez (Betis-ESP), Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton-GBR), Nicolás Paz (Real Madrid-ESP), Tiago Geralnik (Villarreal-ESP) and Valentín Carboni (Inter-ITA).
. Forwards (12): Lionel Messi (PSG-FRA), Lautaro Martínez (Inter-ITA), Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla-ESP), Nicolás González (Fiorentina-ITA), Ángel Correa (Atlético Madrid-ESP), Ángel Di María ( PSG-FRA), Julián Álvarez (River Plate), Joaquín Correa (Inter-ITA), Lucas Boyé (Elche-ESP), Matías Soulé (Juventus-ITA), Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United-GBR) and Luka Romero (Lazio- ITA).