Coach Alejandro Sabella has announced the Argentina provisional squad for upcoming World Cup in Brazil. Carlos Tevez and Eric Lamella are the big name exclusions while Ricardo Alvarez, Jose Sosa and Franco di Santo are the surprising call-ups.
FC Barcelona stalwart Lionel Messi will led this Argentina side to the World Cup. Argentina face Iran, Bosnia and Nigeria in Group F.
Juventus striker Carlos Tevez has not been able to impress the coach Sabella since his taking over of reins and despite enjoying impressive season in Serie A, the striker has missed the ticket to Brazil. Following his 30 million euros transfer from Roma to Tottenham, Lamela has failed to settle himself in English Premier League, and, as a result, has been overlooked by Sabella in favor of Jose Sosa.
Surprise inclusion in this Argentina squad is Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis. Sabella considered his name after winning the Premier League title in his first season at the Etihad Stadium.The centre-back, who played in the 2010 World Cup, has not featured for his country since a 1-1 draw at home with Bolivia in a qualifier in November 2011.
Sabella has decided to show faith injured midfielders Fernando Gago, Augusto Fernandez and Angel Di Maria, who hope to be fit in time for the finals, which start on June 12. Angel di Maria is on course of speedy recovery from his injury and expected to take part in the Champions League final.
River Plate’s Gabriel Mercado, Werder Bremen’ s Franco Di Santo and Fabian Rinaudo of Catania are surprise additions but are unlikely to make the cut in final 23-man squad, which will be named on 2 June.
PSG winger Javier Pastore, who has struggled to justify his hefty price tag of 42 million euros, has also not been considerd by Sabella.
This Argentina squad has 9 players who are playing in Italian Serie A, 6 from Spanish La Liga and 3 representatives from English Premier League.
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Mariano Andújar (Catania), Agustín Orión (Boca Juniors)
Defenders: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Federico Fernández (Napoli), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Hugo Campagnaro (Internazionale), Martín Demichelis (Manchester City), José Basanta (Monterrey), Nicolás Otamendi (Atlético Mineiro), Lisandro López (Getafe), Gabriel Mercado (River Plate)
Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Éver Banega (Newell’s Old Boys), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter), Augusto Fernández (Celta Vigo), José Sosa (Atlético Madrid), Angel Di María (Real Madrid), Maxi Rodríguez (Newell’s Old Boys), Fabián Rinaudo (Catania), Enzo Pérez (Benfica)
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City), Rodrigo Palacio (Internazionale), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain), Franco di Santo (Werder Bremen).