November 14 (Reuters) – Argentina will be looking to win a third World Cup title from November 20 to December 20. 18 tournament in Qatar. Here’s what you need to know about their team:
How many players are Argentina allowed to bring to Qatar?
* Teams will be able to select up to 26 players for this year’s World Cup after FIFA raised the maximum team limit by three in June, citing the tournament’s unusual schedule as well as the impact of COVID-19.
* Coaches have until November 14 to decide on their final 26-man roster by 6:00 p.m. GMT.
Who is in Argentina’s squad for the 2022 World Cup?
The Argentina squad was announced on November 11.
* Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Franco Armani (River Plate) and Geronimo Rulli (Villarreal)
Aston Villa’s Martinez was Argentina’s first-choice goalkeeper for much of their qualifying campaign and will likely keep his place between the sticks in Qatar.
* Defenders: Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla), Nahuel Molina (Atletico Madrid), German Pezzella (Real Betis), Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur), Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica), Lisandro Martinez (Manchester United), Juan Foyth (Villarreal), Nicolas Tagliafico (Olympique Lyonnais), Marcos Acuna (Sevilla)
Romero will be one of the first names on the squad roster after a string of impressive performances for Tottenham Hotspur, but the 24-year-old has missed a few games in recent weeks with a hamstring injury.
Manchester United’s veteran centre-back Otamendi and Martinez add solidity and composure from the backline.
* Midfielders: Leandro Paredes (Juventus), Guido Rodriguez (Real Betis), Enzo Fernandez (Benfica), Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Alejandro Gomez (Sevilla), Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Paredes and De Paul will be crucial in midfield but the Argentine will miss the injured Giovani Lo Celso, who Scaloni called ‘irreplaceable’.
* Forwards: Paulo Dybala (AS Roma), Lionel Messi (Paris St Germain), Angel Di Maria (Juventus), Nicolas Gonzalez (Fiorentina), Joaquin Correa (Inter Milan), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Julian Alvarez (Manchester City )
Messi will lead the line for Argentina as they seek to add an elusive World Cup winner’s medal to their list of accomplishments. Injured striker Dybala has also been selected, although he hasn’t played for club AS Roma since early October.
What are the notable omissions?
* Argentina will be without the services of Lo Celso after the midfielder suffered a hamstring injury last month while playing for Villarreal.
* Manchester United winger Alejandro Garnacho, 18, who has made seven appearances for the club this season, is absent. He was called up by Argentina in March but has yet to make his senior debut.
Which teams will Argentina face in the group stage?
* Argentina will face Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland in Group C.
* Argentina will play a warm-up match against the United Arab Emirates on November 16.
Who was Argentina’s team at the 2018 World Cup?
* Goalkeepers: Nahuel Guzman (Tigers), Willy Caballero (Chelsea), Franco Armani (River Plate)
* Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Federico Fazio (Roma), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Taglafico (Ajax), Javier Mascherano (Hebei Fortune), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Cristian Ansaldi (Turin).
* Midfielders: Ever Banega (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Angel Di Maria (Paris St-Germain), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris St-Germain), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors ), Maximiliano Meza (Independent), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica).
* Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City).
Compiled by Aadi Nair in Bangalore Edited by Christian Radnedge
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