STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain snubbed for Argentina World Cup clashes

Higuain failed to convince recently-appointed coach Sampaoli of his strengths in two friendlies against Brazil in June.

Published: 12th August 2017 08:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2017 08:30 AM   |  A+A-

Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain (File | AP

By AFP

BUENOS AIRES: Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain was axed by Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli on Friday for crucial World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela as the South American giants look to resurrect their faltering campaign.

Higuain, who has scored 31 international goals in 68 appearances, failed to convince recently-appointed coach Sampaoli of his strengths in two friendlies against Brazil in June.

Argentina currently occupy fifth place in South American qualifying for the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia with just the top four nations guaranteed to make it through.

The fifth-placed team will have to negotiate a play-off against the winners of the Oceania zone in order to reach Russia.

Argentina, with Lionel Messi pulling the strings, will face Uruguay on August 31 in Montevideo and Venezuela at Buenos Aires on September 5.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Man Utd/ENG), Nahuel Guzmán (Tigres UANL/MEX), Gerónimo Rulli (Real Sociedad/ESP)

Defenders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona/ESP), Federico Fazio (AS Roma/ITA), Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Pareja (both Sévilla/ESP), Nicolás Otamendi (Man City/ ENG).

Midfielders: Ever Banega (Sévilla/ESP), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan/ITA), Augusto Fernández (Atlético Madrid/ESP), Leandro Paredes (Zénit Saint-Pétersburg/RUS), Guido Pizarro (Sévilla/ESP), Angel Di María, Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Marcos Acuña (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham/ENG), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica/POR).

Attackers: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Paulo Dybala (Juventus/ITA), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan/ITA), Joaquín Correa (Sévilla/ESP), Sergio Agüero (Man City/ENG).

Stay up to date on all the latest Football news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp