The Argentina 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia has been confirmed by head coach Jorge Sampaoli with only 22 days to go.

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has been left out of the squad despite having managed to score 29 times for the Italian side this season.

Sampaoli has selected the strikers like Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, Juventus duo Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain, and Sergio Aguero.

Manchester United second shot-stopper has been selected as Sampaoli’s first goalkeeper the tournament; while his teammate Marcos Rojo has also been included.

Chelsea veteran goalkeeper Willy Caballero has also earned a place in Sampaoli’s 23-man group; while Manchester City pair Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Aguero are also part of the squad.

Chelsea stopper Willy Caballero and West Ham United playmaker Manuel Lanzini could also feature in Russia.

Argentina Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United); Willy Caballero (Manchester City); Franco Armani (River Plate).

Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla); Cristian Ansaldi (Torino); Nicolas Otamendi (Man City); Federico Fazio (Roma); Marcos Rojo (Man United); Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax); Marcos Acuna (Sporting).

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Hebei); Lucas Biglia (Milan); Ever Banega (Sevilla); Giovani Lo Celso (PSG); Manuel Lanzini (West Ham); Angel Di Maria (PSG); Maxi Meza (Independiente); Eduardo Salvio (Benfica); Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona); Paulo Dybala (Juventus); Sergio Aguero (Man City); Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus).

Argentina has last won the World Cup in 1986 after beating West Germany 3-2 at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

The Albiceleste, who are one of the favourites to win the tournament, are classified in Group D along with Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria.

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