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The face of 2026: Argentina national team players who expect to be in the next World Cup | Israel today

2022-12-20T16:11:28.344Z


Leo Messi, Angel Di Maria and Nicolas Otamendi will not be with the Albiceleste in America, but Lionel Scaloni can count on a nucleus of players who will be able to step forward with him in 2026 • Also: who are the new names who should get a chance soon to prove themselves?


The Argentine national team was crowned the soccer world champion for the third time in history on Sunday, 36 years after the last time they did so in 1986.

Leo Messi and his teammates managed to beat France in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout and since then have been mostly busy celebrating.

After the flea removed the heavy burden that was on him, especially since it was clear that the game against the tricolor would be the last of his career in the World Cup, the faces of the Albiceleste are already directed towards the next World Cup that will be held in 3.5 years in the USA, Mexico and Canada.

3.5 years is a very long time, certainly in the career of football players, but we will try to make a little order regarding the players who will not be in the next tournament for sure, those who may be there according to their fitness towards the last stretch of their career and those who, if they do not get injured and continue their upward trend, will probably grace the squad To be built by Lionel Scalloni in order to keep the title.

First of all, the list of players who will definitely not be in the next World Cup includes, of course, Leo Messi, Nicolas Otamendi, Angel Di Maria and Papo Gomes and the third goalkeeper Franco Armani - all over the age of 34 - some of whom may announce their retirement from the national team in the near future.  

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The last and particularly exciting World Cup for Belem, photo: AP

The players that a lot depends on the situation they will be in according to their age in the period before the summer of 2026 when their level of importance in the current World Cup was significant are Marcus Akonye (31) and Nicolas Tagliafico (30).

Other players who can be found in the same slot, but who have received much less opportunities than the pair of defenders and have not particularly high chances of being part of the squad, are the substitute goalkeeper Jeronimo Rolli (30), Paulo Dybala (29), Herman Fasala (31), Guido Rodriguez (28), Asquiel Palacios (24), Thiago Alameda (21), Angel Cora (27) and Juan Foyt (24).

De Paul, Dybala and Paredes celebrate, photo: AP

Those who, in terms of age, and the progress they have undergone in recent years - progress that should continue, and will strive to be part of the squad in the next tournament as well, are: Cristian Romero (24), Lisandro Martinez (24), Nahuel Molina (24), Gonzalo Monteil (25), Enso Fernandez ( 21), Leandro Paredes (28), Alexis McAllister (23), Rodrigo de Paul (28), Lautro Martinez (25) and Julián Alvarez (22) - all of them are also players who have had significant minutes in Qatar and are considered the nucleus that has been running since Scalloni was appointed to the position.

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Apart from injuries, there is no reason not to have the engine in the link in America as well, photo: Getty Images

At the same time as the players who were on the squad in Qatar, there are those who aspire to make a step up to the senior team until the next World Cup and may occupy a central place in the squad.

In this list you can find super talents like Carlos Alcaraz (Racing Club), Luca Langoni (Boca Juniors), Facundo Frias (Cologne), Alejandro Granacho (Manchester United) and more.

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Source: israelhayom

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