After the positive first steps under interim coach Lionel Scaloni earlier this month Argentina have named a similar squad for the October friendlies against Iraq and Brazil in Saudi Arabia.
Scaloni, who may come under serious consideration for the role permanently if Argentina defeat Brazil on October 16th, handed international returns to Nicolás Otamendi and Roberto Pereyra as well as maiden call-ups for Juan Foyth and Rodrigo de Paul.
With the exception of Leonel Di Plácido and Matías Vargas dropping out, Argentina will travel to Saudi Arabia with an otherwise similar squad to the one that easily defeated Guatemala and drew with Colombia in the United States.
Lionel Messi and much of the older generation remain absent but Scaloni will be pleased to add Otamendi’s experience to the defensive unit. The Manchester City defender last played for Argentina in the World Cup defeat to France but may well captain the side in October and rekindle his partnership with Ramiro Funes Mori.
#SelecciónMayor El entrenador Lionel Scaloni dio a conocer la lista de convocados para los amistosos ante Irak y Brasil en Arabia Saudita. pic.twitter.com/VKORZRh3Wd
— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) September 28, 2018