Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, has just announced the Argentina preliminary Copa America Squad on Wednesday.
Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero are included ahead of the Copa America squad as announced by coach Lionel Scaloni. Paris Saint Germain winger Angel Di Maria was also included but there was no place for striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is on loan at Chelsea from Juventus. However, Scaloni said “These are the best players in an important time for the national team,”
The tournament is hosted by Brazil and it shall begins on June 14. Argentina will play in Group B alongside Colombia, Paraguay and guests Qatar, the 2022 World Cup hosts and current Asian champions.
Messi who just returned to the Argentina squad in March after an eight-month absence following the World Cup in Russia, will turn 32 during the competition.
Di Maria, like Messi, made his post-World Cup return in March ahead of friendlies against Venezuela and Morocco, but Manchester City’s Aguero had not been called up since Argentina’s 4-3 last 16 defeat to eventual champions France in Russia.
Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, has been left out of the Italian team’s line-up for the last two months over a dispute regarding a contract renewal.