Messi leads Argentina squad for “Finalíssima” against Italy

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – The Argentine Football Association (AFA) has announced a list of 35 players led by star Lionel Messi to face Italy in a game that will pit the reigning champions of the Americas and Europe against each other in June.

The “Finalíssima”, as the intercontinental match that CONMEBOL and UEFA agreed to organize is called, will be played on June 1 at Wembley Stadium, in England, in front of 86,000 sold-out fans.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Messi leads coach Lionel Scaloni’s call-up for Argentina’s first game after the end of the South American qualifiers for the Qatar World Cup in 2022, in which the Argentine national team finished second behind from Brazil.

Among those called up is defender Marcos Senesi, from Feyenoordm after the Italian press indicated a possible call-up of the Argentine player by Italy coach Roberto Mancini.

“Next weekend the definitive list will be published,” the Argentine Football Association said on its official Twitter account.

See the list of nominees:

Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa); Juan Musso (Atalanta), Gerónimo Rulli (Villarreal) and Franco Armani (River Plate).

Defenders: Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla), Nahuel Molina (Udinese), Juan Foyth (Villarreal), Lucas Martínez Quarta (Fiorentina), Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur), Germán Pezzella (Betis), Marcos Senesi (Feyenoord), Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica) ), Lisandro Martínez (Ajax), Nehuén Pérez (Udinese), Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax) and Marcos Acuña (Sevilla).

Midfielders: Guido Rodríguez (Betis), Leandro Paredes (PSG), Nicolás Domínguez (Bologna), Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton), Rodrigo De Paul (Atlético de Madrid), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen) and Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (PSG), Alejandro Gómez (Sevilla), Nicolás González (Fiorentina), Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla), Ángel Di María (PSG), Emiliano Buendía (Aston Villa), Ángel Correa (Atlético de Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Joaquín Correa (Inter Milan), Julián Álvarez (River Plate), Lucas Alario (Bayer Leverkusen) and Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan)

(Reporting by Ramiro Scandolo)



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