Lionel Messi Headlines Argentina Squad For World Cup Qualifiers

Lionel Messi Argentina

Argentina’s roster for three South American World Cup qualifiers in October, released on Monday, includes Lionel Messi. The Argentines travel to Paraguay on October 7 before hosting Uruguay three days later and finishing in Buenos Aires against Peru on October 14. Argentina is second in the standings with 18 points, trailing only Brazil, who has 24 points after eight games. The 2022 World Cup will be hosted in Qatar between November 21 and December 18 and will include 32 teams.

Source: AFP

Even though Argentina is on Britain’s coronavirus travel red list, three Premier League players are in the Argentina squad: Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and Tottenham duo Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero.

After arrival in the UK, visitors from red-listed countries must quarantine for ten days.

On the weekend of October 16/17, both Villa and Tottenham have top-flight fixtures.

Most English clubs refused to release players called up by South American nations for qualifications earlier this month, but Martinez, Villa teammate Emiliano Buendia, Lo Celso, and Romero were allowed to join their respective national teams.

As a result, Argentina’s qualifier against Brazil in Sao Paulo was abruptly called off when health inspectors stormed the field, claiming that the England-based players needed to be quarantined.

To avoid quarantine, the quartet returned to Britain via Croatia.

Argentina squad

Goalkeepers: Franco Armani, Emiliano Martinez, Juan Musso, Esteban Andrada

Defenders: Gonzalo Montiel, Nahuel Molina Lucero, Juan Foyth, Lucas Martinez Quarta, German Pezzella, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi, Lisandro Martinez, Marcos Acuna, Nicolas Tagliafico

Midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul, Exequiel Palacios, Leandro Paredes, Guido Rodriguez, Nicolas Dominguez, Giovanni Lo Celso, Alejandro Gomez

Forwards: Angel Di Maria, Lucas Alario, Paulo Dybala, Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martine, Angel Correa, Joaquin Correa, Nicolas Gonzalez, Julian Alvarez