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Argentina’s 23-man squad for 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Argentina’s 23-man squad for 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Kouami Sessou . Posted in World Cup No Comments

Argentina coach , Alejandro Sabella announced his final 23-man squad for 2014 WOrld Cup in Brazil.

Newell’s Old Boys’ Ever Banega,  Jose Sosa of Atletico Madrid and Atletico Mineiro’s Nicolas Otamendi were cut from the provisional 26-man squad.

Lisandro Lopez of Getafe, River Plate’s Gabriel Mercado and Fabian Rinaudo Catania were also cut at that stage.

The big names absent from Sabella’s initial squad were Tottenham’s Erik Lamela and Juventus striker Carlos Tevez.

Sabella did not consider Tevez, despite his 19 goals in Serie A this season. There is also no place for Paris St-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore.

Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis is included after winning the Premier League title in his first season at the Etihad Stadium.

Sabella has also selected injured midfielders Fernando Gago, Augusto Fernandez and Angel Di Maria, who hope to be fit in time for the finals, which start on 12 June.

Argentina face Iran, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Nigeria in Group F.

Argentina’s 23-man roster

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Agustin Orion (Boca Juniors).

Defenders: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Federico Fernandez (Napoli), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City), Jose Basanta (Monterrey).

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell’s Old Boys), Enzo Perez (Benfica).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris St-Germain).

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