Argentina squad announced for WCQs v Chile and Bolivia

The AFA have released Gerardo Martino’s squad list for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers away to Chile and at home to Bolivia later this month, and the headline exclusion for the local media is Carlos Tevez, who admits himself he’s been poor so far in 2016. There’s a return for Javier Pinola of Rosario Central, who was last involved for Argentina just prior to the 2007 Copa América, but didn’t make the final cut. And the official AFA squad announcement includes someone called Leonel Messi. Me neither. In spite of telling reporters his international career was probably over when he moved to Hebei Fortune in China, Ezequiel Lavezzi is in the squad.

Goalkeepers
Sergio Romero (Manchester United, England)
Nahuel Guzmán (Tigres, Mexico)
Gerónimo Rulli (Real Sociedad, Spain)

Defenders
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City, England)
Facundo Roncaglia (Fiorentina, Italy)
Gabriel Mercado (River Plate)
Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City)
Matteo Musacchio (Villarreal, Spain)
Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton, England)
Marco Rojo (Manchester United)
Leonel Vangioni (River Plate)
Javier Pinola (Rosario Central)
Martín Demichelis (Manchester City)

Midfielders
Javier Mascherano (Barcelona, Spain)
Matías Kranevitter (Atlético de Madrid, Spain)
Augusto Fernández (Atlético de Madrid)
Enzo Pérez (Valencia, Spain)
Lucas Biglia (Lazio, Italy)
Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain, France)
Éver Banega (Sevilla, Spain)
Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur, England)

Forwards
Ángel Di María (Paris Saint-Germain)
Ezequiel Lavezzi (Hebei Fortune, China)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Nicolás Gaitán (Benfica, Portugal)
Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)
Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli, Italy)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus, Italy)
Ángel Correa (Atlético de Madrid)

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