the players of the Argentine national team who have been placed in the final list

Lionel Scaloni gestures. Final team roster takes shape – Credits: @Catherine Ivill – UEFA

The tests for the Argentine team are over and the ball is on the coach’s side, Lionel Scallonic. In his notebook are names marked with fire opposite the Qatar World Cup. A fixed formation (4-3-3) and titular interpreters who come from the head in almost all positions. After the tour of the United States, it’s worth checking out the remaining questions for those who took advantage of their chance on the latest FIFA date, and a look at the possible list of 26 chosen ones.

“Every time we go on tour, we look for different things”, said Scaloni on Tuesday after the 3-0 against Jamaica, the same result as against Honduras (the Friday before in Miami), the other rival of this last FIFA date before Qatar 2022. the World Cup, to get a little idea of ​​the game and this game in particular (against Jamaica)… finish seeing some players and see what chance they can give us. The balance is logically positive,” said DT, born 44 years ago in Pujato (Santa Fe).

A footballer who until a few months ago was not on the radar of the candidates to travel to Qatar and climbed several stairs in the consideration of the coach is mentioned Enzo Fernandez. The 13 games (3 goals) in Benfica, from Portugal, were creditable enough for the young man (21) who was trained at River to have his chance with the albiceleste shirt. And boy, did he take advantage of it.

Enzo Fernández with the ball, the night of his national team debut, on Friday against Honduras

Enzo Fernández with the ball, the night of his national team debut, on Friday against Honduras – Credits: @Eric Espada

Against Honduras, the versatile midfielder – he can play Paul’s or from Lo Celso without problems – came in the second half and his rights of the third goal, scored by Leo Messi. It was a move that showed the genes of the team that Scaloni wants: press into three quarters of the rival field, steal the ball and define the 9 (which in this case is also 10, and could even be 11; which is Messi) free of a mark. The coach usually rewards these maneuvers with applause. In Fernández’s case, in addition to that assist, he also got a shot off the post. In that second half against the Hondurans he showed all his repertoire. It was his best credentials to earn the passage to Doha, the capital of Qatar

So much so that Fernández had a rare privilege in the match with Jamaica: enter from the couch next to the captain. He replaced Guido Rodríguez in midfield and the team won dynamically. For faster transfers; in verticality. And he kept the pressure constant. In Scaloni’s notebook will be a big kudos to the young man from the River Plate Academy, who is already fundamental in the Benfica engine room, his team in Portugal. According to Opta, in his first 61 minutes dressed as albiceleste, Fernández completed 97%! of correct fit. He barely missed two against the Reggae Boyz.

The arrow next to Fernández contrasts with the drop in the actions of another footballer playing in the same spot: Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen, from Germany). Everything indicates that one of the two will be without a World Cup.

Alexis Mac Allister, another one who fulfilled: the former Boca and Argentine midfielder started against Jamaica

Alexis Mac Allister, another one who fulfilled: The former Boca and Argentinos midfielder started against Jamaica – Credits: @Icon Sportswire

Because besides Alexis MacAllister (Brighton, from England) also approved. His current Premier League Premier League (scorer and game generator) Brighton gave him another chance with the albiceleste shirt. His resume gave him prestige: Like other midfielders like Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes or Giovani Lo Celso, Mac Allister is a converted hitch. A 10 converted to internal with panorama. Those kinds of players that Scaloni considers Messi’s ideal companions.

Speaking of number 10, Thiago Almada. The former Vélez player, who feints and breaks from the waist with ‘s shirt Atlanta United in the MLS, he appeared as a surprise on this latest list for Qatar 2022. And not only was he one of the shortlisted for the tour, but he also had a blast with Messi. Can he be at the next World Cup? seems premature that the 21-year-old will have his first World Cup in the emirate, but Scaloni didn’t rule it out. If not the opposite: “The position will be played like several others to get on the list, but at least he is a boy with a huge youth and future and we are working not only for now, but also for the future,” said the coach. And he stressed that the midfielder “has a selection level”. In any case, his appeal seems to be more projected into the post-World Cup era, which will have the same coach.

And what happens to it? paulo dybala, who didn’t play on the tour because they were injured? The role of “Messi bis” could be covered by the Roma striker, who was on tour despite not having minutes due to that ailment. Or even for the papu gomez, who stayed on the left in the first game against Honduras and showed that he can also be a devilish wing, in that place that was in the hands of Nicolás González until months ago. Gómez has also secured his ticket to Qatar.

The celebration of Julián Álvarez, goalscorer against Jamaica;  Former River player and current Manchester City player set to play his first World Cup in Qatar

The celebration of Julián Álvarez, goalscorer against Jamaica; the former River and current Manchester City player set to play his first World Cup in Qatar – Credits: @ANDRES KUDACKI

Among the attackers destined to get the back of Lautaro Martinez there is one that gained minutes and attention. Is called Julian Alvarez and also has the gene for polyfunctionality. He’s 9, but he can also run to the belt and leave that role to the bull or to Messi himself. He showed it against Jamaica, a game in which he even scored the first goal after a change of job with the Racing-trained striker: the filtered pass of Nicolás Tagliafico (another who leaves with the approval of the United States and is battling Marcos Acuña for the position , head this far), Martínez checks and opens. Center for Álvarez and goalscorer. Argentina has variants, and after this latest tour, the former river appears as the Toro’s first option. Even for Joaquin Correa. And from Lucas Alario, already relegated.

You have to keep an eye on the defense. Geronimo Rulligoalkeeper against Honduras, won integers to be bodyguard of Dibu Martinez, the 1 of the team. The unknown (perhaps one of the only ones) now knows who will be the third goalkeeper to go to Qatar. From experience and recent phone calls that place should be Frank Armanic. Although he is also in the race, John Musso (Atalanta, from Italy) had surgery for a broken cheekbone and will not play until the end of October, which would complicate his presence among the 26 selected for the World Cup. A penalty saver, essential for definitions from the twelve steps, could also hold that position. Name? Agustín Rossi, Boca goalkeeper until June next year. But he has only one calling in the cycle: difficult for him to be chosen.

Scaloni has power stations left. Two who understand each other perfectly, like Nicholas Otamendic Y Christian Romero. It will be the main pair. But it is also Lisandro Martinez, who can play as a more delayed midfielder (another multipurpose). Even Nehuen Perez (Udinese, from Italy) appeared on the last lists to the detriment of Lucas Martinez Quarta (Florence). German Pezzella (Betis, from Spain), a specialist in the air game, is also called up regularly, who even has minutes while the starters rest. The injury of Juan Foyth (Villarreal), who returns in early October, also limits his chances of staying with the 26. However, his versatility (he can play right back or central defender) gives him an asset, which is always welcomed by the coach. It’s an unknown.

Lionel Scaloni talks to his collaborators Walter Samuel and Pablo Aimar in Fort Laudardele, during the tour of the United States

Lionel Scaloni talks to his collaborators Walter Samuel and Pablo Aimar in Fort Laudardele, during the tour of the United States

the core team

Completion of the four-year trajectory towards Qatar, with the achievement of the America’s Cup in the middleis that Scaloni a . has core team in the head. And that this tour of the United States continued to catch on, despite the fact that it introduced variants to both parties. The 4-3-3 formed by Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña or Tagliafico; Walls, De Paul, Lo Celso; Messi, Martínez and Di María have the best chance of being the formation to make their debut against Saudi Arabiain the stadium of Lusail, Tuesday 22 November.

Scaloni has the following 40 days to focus in supporting roles. The protagonists of the Argentine film in Qatar seem defined. The agenda indicates that the next 21st of October deadline to deliver the first list of between 35 and 55 players (four archers). Before Monday Nov 14, the coach will have to brush up on that list and leave it in the last 26. A day later, FIFA will announce the names of the nominees for the 32 qualified teams.

“The technician told us he… very difficult choice. Because we haven’t been 24, 25 in every conversation. We are 30 or 32 and we perform at a very even level,” Nicolás Tagliafico told TyC Sports after the game against Jamaica. Scaloni has a job.

Messi, the standard-bearer of the Argentine illusion

Messi, the standard-bearer of the Argentine illusion – Credits: @Prensa AFA

The probable list, by position


Emiliano “Dibu” Martinez (sure)

Geronimo Rulli (insurance)

Juan Musso (when in doubt)

Franco Armani (when in doubt)

Agustín Rossi (when in doubt)


Nahuel Molina (sure)

Gonzalo Montiel (sure)

Nicolas Otamendi (sure)

Cristian Romero (sure)

Lisandro Martinez (insurance)

German Pezzella (sure)

Marcos Acuna (sure)

Nicholas Tagliafico (insurance)

Nehuen Perez (when in doubt)

Lucas Martínez Quarta (when in doubt)

John Foyth (when in doubt)

Marcos Senesi (when in doubt)

Facundo Medina (when in doubt)


Rodrigo DePaul (safe)

Leandro Paredes (insurance)

Giovani Lo Celso (sure)

Alejandro Gomez (sure)

Guido Rodriguez (safe)

Alexis MacAllister (when in doubt)

Enzo Fernandez (when in doubt)

Exequiel Palacios (when in doubt)

Thiago Almada (when in doubt)


Lionel Messi (sure)

Angel Di Maria (sure)

Lautaro Martinez (sure)

Julian Alvarez (insurance)

Nicolas González (when in doubt)

Paulo Dybala (when in doubt)

Joaquin Correa (when in doubt)

Angel Correa (when in doubt)

Lucas Alario (when in doubt)

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