Sampaoli names vital Argentina squad: Papu, Mammana & Pezzella come in but still no place for Higuaín


Despite Argentina’s poor displays in the draws with Uruguay and Venezuela this month, Jorge Sampaoli has named a similar squad for the critical upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador.

Third choice goalkeeper Agustín Marchesín comes in for the hard done by Gerónimo Rulli, Emanuel Mammana and Germán Pezzella bolster the squad in the central defensive area and Alejandro Gómez returns as an attacking option off the left flank.

With no other changes from the squad that failed to improve Argentina’s precarious qualifying position that means there is still no place among the squad for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuaín.


The local based players are yet to be added and there are also reports that Jorge Sampaoli will speak with Ezequiel Garay when in Europe to try and persuade the experienced central defender to return to the international fold.

However, if Sampaoli continues with his 3-4-3 formation then it would appear the starting eleven at least will be something similar to the side that failed to beat Venezuela in the Monumental.

Argentina face Peru in La Bombonera on October 5th before travelling to Ecuador five days later to conclude South American World Cup qualification. La Albiceleste currently sit in the fifth-placed playoff spot and are in desperate need of three points against Peru.

Sergio Romero (Manchester United)
Nahuel Guzmán (Tigres)
Agustin Marchesín (Club América)

Federico Fazio (Roma)
Emanuel Mammana (Zenit St Petersburg)
Germán Pezzella (Fiorentina)
Javier Mascherano (Barcelona)
Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City)
Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla)

Marcos Acuña (Sporting CP)
Ángel Di María (Paris St Germain)
Lucas Biglia (AC Milan)
Leandro Paredes (Zenit St Petersburg)
Éver Banega (Sevilla)
Alejandro Gómez (Atalanta)
Eduardo Salvio (Benfica)
Emiliano Rigoni (Zenit St Petersburg)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)
Mauro Icardi (Inter)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

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