Copa America champions Argentina have announced their 26-man squad for the upcoming Qatar World Cup 2022.
La Albiceletse qualified for the perennial event by being second in the CONMEBOL qualification tournament. They won eleven out of the seventeen matches and finished with thirty-nine points.
Argentina have been drawn into Group C along with Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia.
Lionel Messi’s team will start their tournament on 22nd November against Saudi Arabia. then they will Mexico in their second match. Finally, Argentina will finish their group stage campaign against Poland on 1st December.
Giovani Lo Celso ruled out with an injury
One of the best performers for the Argentine team in recent years, Giovani Lo Celso has failed to make the 26-man squad for the upcoming Qatar World Cup 2022. The Villarreal midfielder recently suffered a hamstring injury for which he will undergo surgery.
AS Roma forward Paulo Dybala however has been included in the Argentina squad. Dybala who is currently not fully fit scored against Italy in the Finalissima. He once against will have a chance to prove himself in the Qatar World Cup 2022.
Another good news for Argentina fans is the inclusion of Juventus winger Angel di Maria. Di maria was Argentina’s hero in the last Copa America final. He scored the winner for La Albiceleste against their arch-rivals brazil which helped them to get over a 28-year-long trophy draught.
Argentina’s talisman Lionel Messi has also gained his full fitness. Their progression in the tournament is hugely dependent on his form. So far in this season, Messi has been brilliant. The PSG forward has netted 12 goals for his club. On top of that, he dished out 14 assists.
In Argentina shirt, Messi has scored nine goals in his last three matches. He provided two assists in the Finallissima and was named the man of the match. The forward will now hope to win the only trophy which he doesn’t have.
Full Argentina squad for the Qatar World Cup 2022
Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martinez (Asotn Villa) Geronimo Rulli (Villarreal), Franco Armani (River Plate).
Defenders: Nahuel Molina (Atlético Madrid), Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla), Cristian Romero (Tottenham), German Pezzella (Real Betis), Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica), Lisandro Martinez (Manchester United), Marcos Acuna (Sevilla), Nicolas Tagliafico (Lyon), Juan Foyth (Villarreal).
Midfielders: Rodrigo de Paul (Atletico Madrid), Leandro Paredes (Juventus), Alexis mac Allister (Brighton), Guido Rodriguez (Real Betis), Alejandro Gomez (Sevilla), Enzo Fernandez (Benfica), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen).
Forwards: Angel di Maria (Juventus), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Juilan Alvarez (Manchester City), Nicolas Gonazales (Fiorentina), Joaquin Correa (Inter Milan), Paulo Dybala (AS Roma), Lionel Messi (PSG).