Thu, 17 Jun 2021

BUENOS AIRES, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni on Sunday called up four uncapped players for his team's World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Colombia next month.

The newcomers named in a provisional 30-man squad were Norwich City forward Emiliano Buendia, Udinese right-back Nahuel Molina and Atalanta defenders Jose Palomino and Cristian Romero.

As expected, Scaloni also included Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and Paris Saint Germain winger Angel Di Maria.

Argentina will host Chile on June 3 in Santiago del Estero before facing Colombia in Barranquilla five days later. The two-time World Cup champions will then participate in the Copa America, to be held in Argentina and Colombia from June 13 to July 10.

The Albiceleste are currently second in the 10-team CONMEBOL zone World Cup qualifying standings, two points behind leaders Brazil.

The top four teams at the end of the qualifiers will earn an automatic place at next year's FIFA World Cup in Qatar while the fifth-ranked side will advance to an intercontinental playoff.

Following is the Argentina squad:

Goalkeepers: Agustin Marchesin (Porto, Portugal), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa, England) and Juan Musso (Udinese, Italy).

Defenders: Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax, Netherlands), German Pezzella (Fiorentina, Italy), Jose Luis Palomino (Atalanta), Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica, Portugal), Cristian Romero (Atalanta), Nahuel Molina (Udinese), Lucas Martinez Quarta (Fiorentina) ), Lisandro Martinez (Ajax) and Juan Foyth (Villarreal, Spain).

Midfielders: Marcos Acuna (Sevilla, Spain), Joaquin Correa (Lazio, Italy), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Angel Di Maria (PSG, France), Nicolas Dominguez (Bologna, Italy), Giovanni Lo Celso (Tottenham, England) , Guido Rodriguez (Betis, Spain), Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla, Spain), Exequiel Palacios (Bayern Leverkusen, Germany) and Leandro Paredes (PSG).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Spain), Emiliano Buendia (Norwich), Lucas Alario (Bayern Leverkusen), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, England), Alejandro Gomez (Sevilla), Nicolas Gonzalez (Stuttgart, Germany), Angel Correa (Atletico from Madrid, Spain) and Lautaro Martinez (Inter, Italy).

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