Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni chose star Lionel Messi at the top of a list of 26 players to participate in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Scaloni announced his squad via a video posted by the Argentine Football Association on his Twitter account, and the squad did not include any surprises. It included Roma striker Paulo Dybala, who was doubted about his participation after his injury in early October, while Giovani Lo Celso, a midfielder, will be absent. Spanish Villarreal due to injury.
Argentina, the defending champion twice (1978 and 1986), is considered one of the leading candidates to win the title, and it reaches the World Cup without losing in the last 35 international matches.
Here is the Argentina squad for the World Cup:
Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa, England), Geronimo Roli (Villarreal, Spain), Franco Armani (River Plate).
Defense: Lisandro Martinez (Manchester United, England), Juan Foyth (Villarreal, Spain), Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica, Portugal), Nahuel Molina (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Gonzalo Montiel and Marcos Acuña (Sevilla, Spain), German Pezzella (Real Betis, Spain), Nicholas Tagliafico (Lyon, France), Christian Romero (Tottenham, England)
Midfield: Rodrigo de Paul (Atletico Madrid), Leandro Paredes (Juventus, Italy), Alexis McLister (Brighton, England), Enzo Fernandez (Benfica), Esequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Guido Rodriguez (Real Betis), Alejandro "Babu" Gomez (Sevilla)
Attack: Lautaro Martinez and Joaquin Correa (Italian Inter), Angel Di Maria (Juventus, Italy), Paulo Dybala (Roma, Italy), Julian Alvarez (Manchester City, England), Nicholas Gonzalez (Fiorentina, Italy), Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain, France).
Argentina matches schedule in the 2022 World Cup
The Argentina national team is in the first round of the Qatar World Cup in Group C, which includes Poland, Saudi Arabia and Mexico, and its match schedule will be as follows:
November 22: Argentina - Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium.
November 26: Argentina-Mexico, Lusail Stadium.
November 30: Argentina-Poland, Stadium 974.