The list of the Argentine national team for the Qualifiers: the 3 new faces among the 34 mentioned by Lionel Scaloni

Argentina coach, Lionel Scaloni, announced the roster for the matches with Paraguay and Peru (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Argentina coach, Lionel Scaloni, announced the roster for the matches with Paraguay and Peru (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

The Argentine national team began the path towards world Cup which will be developed in United States, Mexico and Canada in 2026 with perfect score. After the victories against Ecuador in the Monumental and the historic triumph against Bolivia in Peace, Lionel Scaloni announced the list of players for the commitments against Paraguay (Thursday, October 12 in Núñez) and Peru (Tuesday the 17th in Lima), at dates 3 and 4 of the South American Qualifiers.

The Albiceleste will defend the top of the table against the cast Guarani in Buenos Aires at 20, what the reunion of the heroes of qatar with his audience. Without a doubt, the effervescence of the fans to follow the national cast will be experienced in a venue with capacity for more than 84,000 people. The double FIFA date will culminate on Tuesday, October 17 against the Inca representative at the national stadium of Lime starting at 23 hours.

Among the most notable developments, Lionel Scaloni called Marco Pellegrino (Milan), Lucas Esquivel (Athletico Paranaense), Carlos Alcaraz (Southampton), Bruno Zapelli (Athletico Paranaense), Facundo Farías (Inter Miami). Surely this group of footballers is ready to add filming alongside the Under 23 group, as happened with Esquivel and Zapelli on the previous FIFA Date. For his part, Franco Armani, River Plate goalkeeper, remains the only footballer in the local team. Also returning are Huevo Acuña, Lucas Martínez Quarta, Lucas Ocampos, Paulo Dybala and Gio Lo Celso

Regarding the casualties, two notable ones stand out due to injury: defender Lisandro Martínez (Manchester United) and attacker Ángel Di María (Benfica). These names are added to that of goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli (Ajax), who was no longer available for the previous summons. The names of players who are a regular part of this process such as Facundo Medina (Lens) and Gio Simeone (Napoli) also do not appear.

On the other hand, in the last hours the possibility of La Scaloneta playing a friendly against Welshwho has a special interest in having Lionel Messi visiting your country and thus reinforce the candidacy to be one of the headquarters of the Euro 2028. “I would love to see Lionel Messi play in Cardiff; that match would be fantastic”, noted the executive director of the Football Association of Wales (FAW), Noel Mooneyin statements given to the London newspaper The Sun.

The British team wants to be part of the candidacy along with England and Ireland to host the continental competition, in a proposal that the UEFA is analyzing these days and could even make an announcement on October 10. In this sense, to Mooney He would like to have the best footballer in history in the Welsh capital before he retires: “We know who we would like to play against and. In the case of Argentina, world champions, there is no ongoing discussion”.

The antecedents indicate that the Albiceleste played twice against Welsh: the first was the June 3, 1992 by Kirin Cup in Japan and won by the smallest difference thanks to a goal from Gabriel Batistuta; while the second duel was established on February 13, 2002 in Cardiffwhen the team led by Marcelo Bielsa was preparing for the 2002 World Cup and tied 1 to 1 (Julio Cruz scored for the South Americans).


The list of those called up by Lionel Scaloni for the South American Qualifying matches
The list of those called up by Lionel Scaloni for the South American Qualifying matches

Archers: Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa), Franco Armani (River Plate), Juan Musso (Atalanta) and Walter Benítez (PSV).

Defenders: Juan Foyth (Villarreal), Gonzalo Montiel (Nottingham Forest), Nahuel Molina (Atlético de Madrid), Germán Pezzella (Real Betis), Cristian Romero (Tottenham), Lucas Martínez Quarta (Fiorentina), Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica), Marco Pellegrino ( Milan), Marcos Acula (Seville), Nicolás Tagliafico (Olympique Lyon) and Lucas Esquivel (Athletico Paranaense).

Midfielders: Leandro Paredes (Rroma), Guido Rodríguez (Real Betis), Enzo Fernández (Chelsea), Rodrigo De Paul (Atlético de Madrid), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Carlos Alcaráz (Southampton), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham), Alexis Mac Allister (Liverpool), Thiago Almada (Atlanta United) and Bruno Zapelli (Athletico Paranaense).

Fronts: Paulo Dybala (Roma), Lionel Messi (Inter Miami), Juliá Álvarez (Manchester City), Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan), Facundo Farías (Inter Miami), Lucas Beltrán (Fiorentina), Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United), Nicolás González (Fiorentina) and Lucas Ocampos (Seville).

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