2018 World Cup

Jorge Sampaoli includes Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala in Argentina pre-selection squad

Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria are all expected to make the whittled-down 23-man squad to be announced on May 21.

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi and Juventus playmaker Paulo Dybala were given a World Cup boost after being included in a 35-man pre-selection squad for Russia 2018 on Monday.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli included most of his big stars including Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria and will whittle his choice down to 23 names for May 21 when he will officially announce his 23-man travelling party.

PSG midfielder Giovani Lo Celso also finds a place in the squad alongside club-mate Angel di Maria.

Argentina are in Group B, which includes Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia.

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United/ENG), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres Monterrey/MEX), Wilfredo Caballero (Chelsea/ENG), Franco Armani (River Plate)

Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla/ESP), Federico Fazio (Roma/ITA), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City/ENG), German Pezzella (Fiorentina/ITA), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton/ENG), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United/ENG), Nicolas Taglafico (Ajax/NED), Javier Mascherano (Hebei Fortune/CHN), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica/POR), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino/ITA).

Midfielders: Ever Banega, Guido Pizarro (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan/ITA), Leandro Paredes (Zenith Saint Petersburg/RUS), Angel Di María and Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Enzo Perez (River Plate), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham/ENG), Pablo Perez and Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Ricardo Centurion (Racing), Rodrigo Battaglia (Sporting Lisbon/POR).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala (Juventus/ITA), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan/ITA), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/ENG), Diego Perotti (Roma/ITA), Lautaro Martinez (Racing).

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