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Messi leads Argentina squad for Copa America

Xinhua
11 Jun 2021, 15:18 GMT+10

BUENOS AIRES, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Forwards Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Lautaro Martinez were among 28 players included in Argentina's squad for the Copa America in Brazil, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on Thursday.

Albiceleste manager Lionel Scaloni also named Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.

But there was no place for Villarreal central defender Juan Foyth or Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos, who were dropped from the squad that drew with Chile and Colombia in World Cup qualifiers earlier this month.

Argentina will begin its Copa America campaign on Monday against Chile at Rio de Janeiro's Olympic stadium.

The Albiceleste are aiming to win their first major trophy since 1993, when they beat Mexico 2-1 in the Copa America final.

Argentina Squad:

Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Agustin Marchesin (Porto) and Juan Musso (Udinese)

Defenders: Gonzalo Montiel (River), Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica), German Pezzella, Lucas Martinez Quarta (Fiorentina), Nicolas Tagliafico, Lisandro Martinez (Ajax), Marcos Acuna (Sevilla), Cristian Romero (Atalanta), Nahuel Molina Lucero (Udinese).

Midfielders: Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Guido Rodriguez (Betis), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Nicolas Gonzalez (Stuttgart), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Alejandro Gomez (Sevilla), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Nicolas Dominguez (Bologna)

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Joaquin Correa (Lazio), Lucas Alario (Bayer Leverkusen) and Sergio Aguero (Barcelona).

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