BUENOS AIRES ( Associated Press) — The returns of Paulo Dybala and Lucas Alario, as well as the call-up of a defender also wanted by Italy, stand out on Argentina’s preliminary roster for the duel of continental champions against the Azzurra on June 1.
Dybala, who has not yet defined his future after negotiations with the Italian Juventus to renew his contract foundered, had last played with the Albiceleste in the 1-0 win against Colombia in February, for the World Cup qualifier.
For his part, Alario was not in the plans since last year due to his lack of continuity at Bayern Leverkusen in Germany.
Argentina-Italy will be played next month at Wembley Stadium in London in the so-called “finalissima” between the last champion of the Copa América and the European Championship.
So far it is the only confirmed commitment of Argentina before the World Cup in Qatar, so it could be the last chance for several players to get into the World Cup squad.
Argentina, world champion in 1978 and 1986, is in Group C along with Poland, Saudi Arabia and Mexico. Italy did not qualify for the next World Cup.
The other novelty of the preliminary list of 35 soccer players released on Friday by the Argentine Soccer Association (AFA) was the first call to the senior team of defender Marcos Senesi, from Feyenoord of the Netherlands.
The striking thing is that Senesi also appears on a preliminary list in Italy for the same commitment -he has Italian nationality-, so the player must decide which one he accepts.
The rest is completed with regulars mentioned by coach Lionel Scaloni: captain Lionel Messi, goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez, defender Nicolás Otamendi, midfielders Rodrigo De Paul and Leandro Paredes and scorer Lautaro Martínez.
LIST OF CALLED:
GOALKEEPERS: Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa, England), Juan Musso (Atalanta, Italy), Gerónimo Rulli (Villarreal, Spain), Franco Armani (River Plate, Argentina)
DEFENDERS: Gonzalo Montiel and Marcos Acuna (Sevilla), Nahuel Molina and Nehuen Perez (Udinese), Juan Foyth (Villarreal), Lucas Martinez Quarta (Fiorentina), Cristian Romero (Tottenham), Germain Pezzella (Betis), Marcos Senesi (Feyenoord), Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica), Lisandro Martinez and Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax).
MIDFIELDERS: Guido Rodríguez (Betis), Leandro Paredes (PSG, France), Nicolás Domínguez (Bologna, Italy), Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton, England), Rodrigo De Paul (Atlético de Madrid, Spain), Exequiel Palacios (Bayern Leverkusen, Germany), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham, England).
FORWARDS: Lionel Messi and Ángel Di María (PSG), Alejandro Gómez and Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla), Nicolás González (Fiorentina), Emiliano Buendía (Aston Villa), Ángel Correa (Atlético de Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Joaquín Correa and Lautaro Martínez (Inter, Italy), Julián Álvarez (River Plate) and Lucas Alario (Bayern Leverkusen).