Argentina announces World Cup qualifiers squad without Messi
Published: 01:39 PM, 20 January 2022
After a break of almost two months, the Argentine football team is going to fight again this month. The sky-blues will play two World Cup qualifiers in late January and early February. Albiceleste coach Lionel Scaloni has announced the squad for the two matches, however, he did not keep Lionel Messi in the team.
Lionel Scaloni was forced to keep Messi out of the squad due to the situation. Outbreaks of coronavirus have re-emerged worldwide. European teams were already reluctant to let players go due to COVID. Needless to say, the policies of the clubs will be more difficult due to the new situation.
Meanwhile, Argentina has already confirmed to play in the World Cup. The coach did not want to keep Lionel Messi in the Argentina squad for the two matches this month, given the current situation with him - confirmed TyC Sports.
The decision not to include Messi in Argentina’s squad, however, was not a one-sided decision. Scaloni told Messi after thinking about the decision. After thinking about it for some time, the Argentine captain finally agreed. Later, the Argentine coach announced the squad without Messi.
Despite the absence of Messi, his two teammates from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes, are in the squad. There are rumors that in the absence of Messi, the captain’s arm will be in De Maria’s hands. Under his leadership, Albiceleste will play in Chile on January 28. In the next match, Scaloni’s team will play against Colombia at their home ground on February 2.
Argentina have already secured their place in the Qatar World Cup from the CONMEBOL region. At the end of 13 matches, the team collected 29 points with 8 wins and 5 draws. They placed second in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers.
Brazil, however, has already confirmed the World Cup one match before Argentina. Selecao, who are currently at the top of the qualifying round, have 35 points from 13 matches.
Argentina squad for the next two World Cup qualifiers –
Goalkeepers: Franco Armani, Emiliano Martinez, Juan Musso, Esteban Andrada.
Defenders: Nahuel Molina, Gonzalo Montiel, German Pezzella, Nicolas Otamendi, Lisandro Martinez, Lucas Martinez Quarta, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna.
Midfielders: Lucas Ocampo, Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Guido Rodriguez, Giovanni Lo Celso, Alexis Mac Allister, Emiliano Buendia, Alejandro Gomez.
Forwards: Nicolas Gonzalez, Angel Di Maria, Angel Correa, Lautaro Martinez, Julian Alvarez, Joaquin Correa.