After settling in Qatar, Argentina will return to play in the country to celebrate with its fans and with a roster of kids.
Four months after inducting himself into the Qatar World Cupthe Argentina national team returns to play to celebrate with his fans and carry out his plan to defend the title in 2026. Taking advantage of the FIFA date, the Albiceleste will face off in two friendlies played in their country and, to top off the festivities, will have the entire squad of world champions and new names in their ranks.
THE FIXTURE OF THE ARGENTINE SELECTION
Argentina will face Panama on Thursday, March 23 at the Más Monumental stadium in Núñez, Buenos Aires and five days later, on Tuesday, March 28, he will travel to Santiago del Estero to record Curacao in the Mother of Cities.
TICKETS FOR ARGENTINA VS PANAMA
LIST OF CALLED
On Friday, March 3, the Argentine Football Association made the provisional list of 35 football players which were reserved for the FIFA date. The list included the Qatar-based world champions and a few kids who will try to convince the Pujato-born DT.
The first novelty was the presence of Alejandro Garnacho. The young man from Manchester United is one of the great promises of world football, but he also has Spanish nationality. Although he was already called up for the last qualifiers, his call up is part of the strategy to ensure his presence with the albiceleste shirt. However, the crack will not be able to be present: this Sunday, in the game of the Red Devils against Southampton, he received a hard kick to the ankle, stopped with a shoe and from the English club, still without official role, they confirmed a “sprained talus fibular ligament in his right ankle”, which will take up to six weeks of recovery. The loss was confirmed by the footballer himself through his Instagram account: “I am disappointed to miss the opportunity to be with my teammates of the Argentina national team, it would be a moment been of much pride for me and my family”.
The other surprises are Maximo Perrone -who recently made his debut with Manchester City- and is only 20 years old and Facundo Buonanotte, the former Rosario Central who joined Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League at the age of 18.
They also stand out Valentin Carboni 17 years old and Inter Milan player and Lautaro Blanco (24 years old)former Rosario Central and who currently plays as a left-back for Elche.
The rest of the list that are not surprises, but which were left out of the list for Qatar, are Nehuen Perez, dissatisfied with the cut to 26 players and Nicholas Gonzalez who had to leave the team due to injury, for the debut against Saudi Arabia.
Scaloni also named injured World Cup players such as Papu Gomez and Gio Lo Celso but omitted Joaquin Correa that he has already recovered and that during Qatar he experienced a situation similar to that of Nico González.
On the other hand, almost a week after the list was published, the DT decided to add to the call Giovani Simeone, who was provisionally listed for Qatar and has been a substitute for Napoli apart from usually adding minutes.
On Friday, March 17, the second drop from the list was announced. This time a world champion. On their social networks, papu gomez wrote a heartfelt message expressing why he will not be able to travel: “Unfortunately due to my injury I will not be able to travel to greet and hug them. It is a great pain and sorrow as I would have loved to be there and feel all your love and affection. Thank you for your messages, and I I’m sure we’ll see each other again. Here I’m going to recover to play again. I hug you from a distance. Enjoy La Scaleneta and that wonderful group”.
Papu had to leave injured in the 2-1 victory over Australia in the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup. The blow was so severe that he underwent surgery immediately upon his return to Spain. Now he is recovering little by little. “I don’t regret anything, I gave everything to win the World Cup”commented on it.
TICKETS FOR ARGENTINA VS CURACAO
- Archers: Franco Armani, Geronimo Rulli, Emiliano Martinez.
- Defenders: Juan Foyth, Gonzalo Montiel, Nahuel Molina, Nehuén Pérez, Germán Pezzella, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Lisandro Martínez, Nicolás Tagliafico, Marcos Acuña, Lautaro Blanco.
- midfielders: Leandro Paredes, Guido Rodríguez, Enzo Fernández, Máximo Perrone, Exequiel Palacios, Rodrigo De Paul, Facundo Buonanotte, Thiago Almada, Giovani Lo Celso, Alexis Mac Allister, Ángel Di María, Ángel Correa, Emiliano Buendía, Valentín Carboni.
- Forward: Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Lautaro Martinez, Julián Álvarez, ALejandro Garnacho, Nicolás González, Giovanni Simeone.
ARGENTINA’S TRAINING AGAINST PANAMA
It is believed that Scaloni will don the world champion formation presented in the final in Qatar against France and then alternate variants between World Cup players and promising youngsters.
If so, the starting eleven are: Emiliano Martinez; Nahuel Molina Lucero, Cristiano Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Nicolás Tagliafico; Rodrigo De Paul, Enzo Fernandez, Alexis MacAllister; Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi, Julian Alvarez.
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