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.