Argentina announces 35-man preliminary roster for 2018 FIFA World Cup
Several nations announced their preliminary rosters for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup this Monday, May 14. Argentina was among one of those nations, Jorge Sampaoli announcing a 35-man roster ahead of the competition in Russia this summer.
The roster includes four goalkeepers, Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Nahuel Guzman and Franco Armani. One will have to be dropped for the World Cup and it is hard to say which it will be, with a month away from the tournament.
The youngest players on the squad were Racing Club’s Lautaro Martinez at 20 years old and Cristian Pavon and Giovani Lo Celso, who are both 22 years old. The most veteran players on Sampaoli’s squad include goalkeeper Willy Caballero at 36 years old and 33-year-old defender Javier Mascherano.
There are seven English Premier League players, five La Liga players, eight Italian Serie A players and two players from the French Ligue 1 on the Albicelestes’ roster. There are a total of 27 players that militate in Europe on the squad and only seven players that play domestically in Argentina.
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The biggest surprise from the call ups was Ricardo Centurion, who had a solid season with Racing Club in Argentina to get his career back on track. The 25-year-old has had some serious behavioral issues in the past, but could now be on his way to represent his country in the next World Cup.
Jorge Sampaoli’s side did not have the best time in the CONMEBOL qualifiers heading into the competition in Russia. But now that they are in it, the two-time champions will surely be one of the favorites with Lionel Messi leading the team.