Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has achieved the feat of outdoing Didier Deschamps for controversial squad calls, by leaving out Juventus striker Carlos Tevez.
For former Chelsea (o goals), Blackburn and Wigan striker Franco Di Santo.
There’ve been protests on the streets of Buenos Aires to have ‘El Pibe del Pueblo’ Carlitos reinstated; had Sabella had a decent alternative, perhaps he would have gotten away with it, but with Di Santo in Tevez’s place, there’s simply no case to be made here.
How can Sabella justify this on purely football terms? There’s evidently more to it than that.
Otherwise, it’s a squad that largely names itself, with Man City’s Zabaleta and Demichelis featuring in defence.
Goalkeepers: Romero, Andújar, Orion
Defenders: F.Fernández, L.López, Campagnaro, Zabaleta, Garay, Rojo, Basanta, Otamendi, Demichelis, Mercado
Midfielders: Gago, Banega, Mascherano, Alvarez, Biglia, Pérez, Rinaudo, Maxi Rodríguez, Sosa, Di María, Fernandez
Forwards: Messi, Aguero, Higuaín, Lavezzi, Palacio, Di Santo.