Surprise for the first time a Spanish player is on the Argentine national team roster

Surprise for the first time a Spanish player is on the Argentine national team roster

Argentina national team coach, Lionel Scaloni, announced his country's roster, in preparation for facing the Uruguay and Brazil national teams, in the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup finals.
The Argentine national team will host its Uruguayan counterpart next Thursday, and then it will visit its traditional rival, Brazil, five days later.

The Argentine national team roster witnessed the appearance of a Spanish player for the first time, Real Mallorca defender Pablo Maffeo (26 years old), whose mother holds Argentine citizenship.

Scaloni also summoned, for the first time to the ranks of the “Tango Dancers” team, left-back Francisco Ortega, player of the Greek club Olympiacos.

Star Lionel Messi, an 8-time Ballon d'Or winner, leads the world champion Argentina team, to which Angel Di Maria, the Portuguese Benfica player, returned after his absence from the previous global qualifying round in October 2023.

The following is the Argentina national team list for the international break during the month of November 2023:

Goalkeepers: Juan Musso (Atalanta), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Walter Benitez (PSV Eindhoven), Franco Armani (River Plate).

Defense: Gonzalo Montiel (Nottingham Forest), Pablo Maffeo (Mallorca), Nauel Molina (Atletico Madrid), German Pizzella (Real Betis), Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur), Lucas Martinez Quarta (Fiorentina), Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica), Marcos Acuña (Sevilla), Francisco Ortega (Olympiacos), Nicolas Tagliafico (Olympique Lyonnais).

Midfield: Leandro Paredes (Roma), Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid), Guido Rodriguez (Real Betis), Enzo Fernandes (Chelsea), Ezequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur), Alexis McAllister (Liverpool). ).

Attack: Paulo Dybala (Roma), Angel Di Maria (Benfica), Lionel Messi (Inter Miami), Julian Alvarez (Manchester City), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Nicolas Gonzalez (Fiorentina) and Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla).

The Argentine national team leads the South American qualifiers table with 12 points, with a difference of 5 points in front of Uruguay, Brazil and Venezuela, which are ranked second to fourth, respectively.
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