Argentina Trim World Cup Squad To 23 As Icardi Misses Out

Argentina have trimmed their World Cup squad to 23 from the initial 35-man provisional list announced by manager Jorge Sampaoli some days ago.

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi is the biggest casualty of all the 12 players dropped from the initial squad.

Icardi has had a phenomenal season for his club as he was influential as he helped Inter Milan end a 6-year wait for UEFA Champions League (UCL) football.

Argentina will take on Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Willy Caballero (Manchester City), Franco Armani (River Plate).

Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino), Nicolas Otamendi (Man City), Federico Fazio (Roma), Marcos Rojo (Man United), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Marcos Acuna (Sporting), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica).

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Hebei), Lucas Biglia (Milan), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Giovani Lo Celso (PSG), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Angel Di Maria (PSG), Maxi Meza (Independiente).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Sergio Aguero (Man City), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors).