Argentina: Sampaoli eases pressure on Messi at squad announcement

Argentinean manager Jorge Sampaoli announced the 23 player squad who will play at the 2018 World Cup in Russia for Argentina at a press conference in Buenos Aires on Monday. Sampaoli stated that the team is full of «very prominent players» but wants to push the team, and star player Lionel Messi, so that «he is not strictly responsible for what happens to this team.» Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi... Еще is a shock omission. Argentina will play their first match against Iceland on June 16. Full squad: Sergio Romero, Wilfredo Caballero and Franco Armani (goalkeepers); Gabriel Mercado, Federico Fazio, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Rojo, Ansaldi and Marcos Acuna (defenders); Javier Mascherano, Manuel Lanzini, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo Celso, Angel Di Maria, Eduardo Salvio, Ever Banega, Cristian Pavon and Meza (midfielders); Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain (strikers).

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