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Messi leads Argentina for Copa America

Published : 11 Jun 2021, 13:39

  DF News Desk

Lionel Messi. File Photo: Xinhua.

Forwards Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Lautaro Martinez were among 28 players included in Argentina's squad for the Copa America in Brazil, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on Thursday, reported Xinhua.

Albiceleste manager Lionel Scaloni also named Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.

But there was no place for Villarreal central defender Juan Foyth or Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos, who were dropped from the squad that drew with Chile and Colombia in World Cup qualifiers earlier this month.

Argentina will begin its Copa America campaign on Monday against Chile at Rio de Janeiro's Olympic stadium.

The Albiceleste are aiming to win their first major trophy since 1993, when they beat Mexico 2-1 in the Copa America final.

Argentina Squad:

Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Agustin Marchesin (Porto) and Juan Musso (Udinese)

Defenders: Gonzalo Montiel (River), Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica), German Pezzella, Lucas Martínez Quarta (Fiorentina), Nicolas Tagliafico, Lisandro Martinez (Ajax), Marcos Acuna (Sevilla), Cristian Romero (Atalanta), Nahuel Molina Lucero (Udinese).

Midfielders: Leandro Paredes, Ángel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Guido Rodriguez (Betis), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Nicolas Gonzalez (Stuttgart), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Alejandro Gómez (Sevilla), Ángel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Nicolás Domínguez (Bologna)

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Joaquin Correa (Lazio), Lucas Alario (Bayer Leverkusen) and Sergio Aguero (Barcelona).