Argentina’s 23-man World Cup squad Mauro Icardi Out

Forwards Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain have all been included in Argentina’s 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia.

But Serie A’s joint top scorer, Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi, is left out.

Despite finishing the season as Serie A top scorer on 29 goals, Icardi has been overlooked by Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli.

Mauro Icardi will have to watch the 2018 World Cup from the sidelines after being excluded from Argentina’s final 23-man Russia squad.

ampaoli takes just two specialist centre-forwards to Russia – recovering Manchester City star Sergio Aguero and Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain.

The forward line-up is completed by captain Lionel Messi, Juve’s Paulo Dybala and 22-year-old Boca Juniors winger Cristian Pavon.

Aguero is joined by five other Premier League players including Manchester City team-mate Nicolas Otamendi.

West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini, Manchester United pair Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo, and Chelsea’s Willy Caballero are the other England-based players.

Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori, who made only four first-team appearances last season because of injury, has been left out, having been named in manager Jorge Sampaoli’s provisional squad.

In total just eight members of the Albiceleste squad that made the World Cup final in 2014 are called up for Russia.

Messi, Aguero, Higuain, Romero, Rojo, Javier Mascherano, Lucas Biglia and Angel Di Maria are the survivors, while the likes of Giovani Lo Celso, Pavon, Maxi Meza and Nicolas Tagliafico are among a host of players with less than 10 caps.

Argentina begin their World Cup campaign against Iceland on 16 June before games against Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.

They almost failed to qualify for the finals in Russia, before a hat-trick from Barcelona forward Messi in their final qualification game.

Despite fielding a number of Europe’s best attacking players, Sampaoli’s side only scored 19 goals in 18 qualifying matches.

Icardi has been left out despite scoring 29 goals in 34 games in Italy’s top flight this season.

Goalkeepers:  Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Willy Caballero (Manchester City), Franco Armani (River Plate).

Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino), Nicolas Otamendi (Man City), Federico Fazio (Roma), Marcos Rojo (Man United), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Marcos Acuna (Sporting), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica).

Midfielders:  Javier Mascherano (Hebei), Lucas Biglia (Milan), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Giovani Lo Celso (PSG), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Angel Di Maria (PSG), Maxi Meza (Independiente).

Forwards:  Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Sergio Aguero (Man City), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors).

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