Icardi, Ascacibar & Lautaro all in much changed Argentina squad for September friendlies

As expected Lionel Scaloni has named a youthful and experimental Argentina squad for the forthcoming friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia with many of the familiar faces left out.

With the likes of Javier Mascherano retired and Lionel Messi requesting some time off, La Albiceleste were always going to take a new look squad to the United States in September but that hasn’t prevented interim coach Scaloni making some surprising selections.

Grêmio defender Walter Kannemann finally gets reward for his fine form, Rodrigo Battaglia forces his way into the squad, Lanús full-back Leonel Di Plácido earns a spot and Superliga youngsters Matías Vargas, Ezequiel Palacios and Alan Franco all get an opportunity.

There are also chances for Giovanni Simeone, Franco Cervi, Santiago Ascacibar and brief Italian international Franco Vázquez plus recalls for Mauro Icardi, Lautaro Martínez, Angel Correa, Leandro Paredes, Germán Pezzella, Ramiro Funes Mori and Gerónimo Rulli in a far younger squad.

Argentina play Guatemala on September 7th in Los Angeles before heading to New Jersey to face Colombia.

Goalkeepers
Sergio Romero (Manchester United)
Gerónimo Rulli (Real Sociedad)
Franco Armani (River Plate)

Defenders
Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla)
Marcos Acuña (Sporting CP)
Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal)
Germán Pezzella (Fiorentina)
Eduardo Salvio (Benfica)
Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax)
Walter Kannemann (Grêmio)
Alan Franco (Independiente)
Leonel Di Plácido (Lanús)
Fabricio Bustos (Independiente)

Midfielders
Maxi Meza (Independiente)
Matías Vargas (Vélez Sarsfield)
Franco Cervi (Benfica)
Franco Vázquez (Sevilla)
Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain)
Leandro Paredes (Zenit St. Petersburg)
Santiago Ascacibar (VfB Stuttgart)
Rodrigo Battaglia (Sporting CP)
Ezequiel Palacios (River Plate)
Gonzalo Martínez (River Plate)

Forwards
Cristian Pavón (Boca Juniors)
Angel Correa (Atlético Madrid)
Lautaro Martínez (Inter)
Mauro Icardi (Inter)
Giovanni Simeone (Fiorentina)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

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3 responses to “Icardi, Ascacibar & Lautaro all in much changed Argentina squad for September friendlies

  1. This is very encouraging. Argentina is clearly in need of a reboot, so I think this is very much a step in the right direction.

  2. Yes I’m actually really excited for this new cycle. A lot rests on who the coach is going to be long term, of course, but for now, I’m really looking forward to seeing the likes of Icardi, Dybala, etc. given their chance to shine.

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