Argentina will have fewer forwards than Brazil in the World Cup
Lionel Messi included in the list of forward players
Team ready with nine defenders, seven midfielders and seven forwards
New Delhi, Argentina will take nine defenders, seven midfielders and seven forwards to the World Cup in Qatar. Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni’s team aims to repeat their Copa America success. Scaloni announced a squad of 26 players, two fewer forwards than rivals Brazil. Argentina won the Copa America in 2021, its first major trophy in 28 years. 21 players in the World Cup team are going to play in the Copa America. Lionel Messi’s team has not faced defeat in the last 35 matches.
Messi (35 years old) will play in his fifth World Cup and in all likelihood it will be his last World Cup. He is accompanied by other experienced strikers Angel Di Maria (34), defender Nicolas Otamendi (34) and goalkeeper Franco Armani (36). Argentina have also included forward Lautaro Martinez and midfielder Enzo Fernandez. Argentina will start their campaign in Qatar on 22 November against Saudi Arabia. Teams from Mexico and Poland are also included in Group C.
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The team is as follows:
Goalkeeper: Emiliano Martinez, Geronimo Rulli, Franco Armani
Defender: Nahuel Molina, Gonzalo Mantiel, Marcos Acuna, Cristian Romero, Germán Pejella, Nicolas Otamendi, Lisandro Martinez, Nicolas Tagliafico.
Midfielder: Rodrigo de Paul, Leandro Paredes, Alexis Mac Allister, Guido Rodriguez, Papu Gomez, Enzo Fernandez, Exaquel Palacios.
Forward: Angel Di Maria, Lautaro Martinez, Joaquin Correa, Julian Alvarez, Paulo Dybala, Nicolas Gonzalez, Lionel Messi.
Tags: Argentina, FIFA, Fifa world cup, FIFA World Cup 2022
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 12, 2022, 12:57 IST