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Argentina Names Its 23-Man Squad for World Cup: Sabella Includes Several Surprises

Argentina Argentina Names Its 23 Man Squad for World Cup: Sabella Includes Several Surprises

Argentina National Team coach Alejandro Sabella has revealed his 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil. And the Argentine has included a few surprises.

First, here’s the 23-man roster for World Cup 2014:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Monaco), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Agustin Orion (Boca Juniors)

Defenders: Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Federico Fernandez (Napoli), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Jose-Maria Basanta (Monterrey), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell’s Old Boys), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Enzo Perez (Benfica).

Forwards: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris St Germain), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan).

Regarding the surprise omissions and inclusions, central midfielder Ever Banega didn’t make the squad, while Enzo Pérez — a 28-year-old midfielder who plays for Benfica — was included instead.

As was expected, Carlos Tevez was not included in the World Cup roster.

SEE MORE — Read the Argentina World Cup Preview.

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