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Sampaoli names 23-man provisional squad

Argentine manager Jorge Sampaoli announced his provisional list of 23 players for a 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ on Monday.

The patrol is headlined by Barcelona luminary Lionel Messi, while Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is also enclosed notwithstanding new damage problems.

The warn inclusion is 31-year-old fullback Cristian Ansaldi, who has not played for a inhabitant group given a finish of 2014.

“We need to face a World Cup but fear,” Sampaoli said.

“In this list there are players with a lot of skill. The ones that know a diversion improved will be closer to being starters.”

The 2014 runners-up will open their Russia 2018 debate opposite debutants Iceland on 16 June, before serve Group D matches opposite Croatia and Nigeria.

All squads are provisional until a final list of 23 players is announced by FIFA, following their acquiescence by participating teams, on 4 June.

Argentina squad
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United/England), Wilfredo Caballero (Chelsea/England), Franco Armani (River Plate).

Defenders: Cristian Ansaldi (Torino/Italy), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla/Spain), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City/England), Federico Fazio (Roma/Italy), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United/England), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon/Portugal), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax/Netherlands).

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune/China PR), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain/France), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain/France), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham/England), Ever Banega (Sevilla/Spain), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan/Italy), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica/Portugal).

Forwards: Paulo Dybala (Juventus/Italy), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus/Italy), Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Spain), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/England).

Article source: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/sampaoli-names-23-man-provisional-squad

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