Messi & Aguero in/Icardi out: Argentina name squad for Copa America

Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina squad for the country’s upcoming Copa America commitments has this evening been announced.

Copa 2019

The latest edition of the Copa America, which sees the finest national sides from South America pitted against one another, is set to take place in Brazil over the coming months.

The tournament will be spread across dates between the 14th of June and 7th of July, in 5 host cities.

Hosts Brazil are currently viewed as clear favourites to emerge victorious, with the Selecao’s absolute embarrassment of riches having been highlighted by the fact that the likes of Marcelo, Fabinho, Douglas Costa and Lucas Moura were all omitted from Tite’s final 23-man squad, announced last week:

Albiceleste’s Copa woes

Currently ranked as 2nd-favourites with the bookies to clinch Copa glory this summer are Lionel Messi’s Argentina.

The Albiceleste will of course be hoping to go one step further this time out than they managed in both 2015 and 2016, having been put to the sword by Chile in the competition’s finale two years running.

Argentina forward and Captain Lionel Messi during the Copa America Centenario final vs Chile, 2016 on June 26, 2016.Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images

Aguero in, Icardi out

And, ahead of their latest assault on the Copa title, Argentina’s 23-man squad has this evening been made official.

Star attackers Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero are all present in Lionel Scaloni’s panel, alongside the likes of Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi and Tottenham stopper Juan Foyth.

The one glaring omission from the Albiceleste’s squad, however, is Inter Milan hitman Mauro Icardi:

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