Official: Argentina announce finalised World Cup squad – One glaring omission

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 09: Lionel Messi of Argentina looks on during the Brazil Global Tour match between Brazil and Argentina at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 9, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The Argentine Football Association have this evening announced the country’s final 23-man squad set to travel to this summer’s World Cup.

Russian showpiece

With the final fixtures from all of European football’s top leagues having been played out over the last couple of weekends, the attention of football fans the world over have now switched to international matters, with the World Cup set to begin in Russia in less than a month’s time.

As such, the management teams of all 32 countries set to travel to Russia have begun whittling down the number of players whom they will depend on for international football’s biggest showpiece.

Missing out

The likes of England, Brazil, Germay and France named their finalised 23-man squad lists for next month over the last couple of days, with Spain and Belgium having followed suit this morning.

And the last of the countries viewed as genuine contenders to take the Jules Rimet trophy home in July have this evening announced the panel of stars whom they will depend on in Russia.

Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentina squad, which is set to depend heavily on the firepower brought to the table by the Albiceleste’s rake of attacking talents, is showcased below, with the one glaring omission coming in the form of prolific Inter Milan hitman Mauro Icardi:

Odds

Brazil are currently viewed as the favourites to emerge victorious in Russia by many outlets, ahead of Germany, Spain, France and Argentina.

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