Fri, 30 Oct 2020

BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Uncapped Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has been named in Argentina's squad for their opening 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Bolivia next month.

The 28-year-old was one of five Premier League players included in manager Lionel Scaloni's preliminary 30-man squad on Friday.

The others were Tottenham defender Juan Foyth, Manchester City center-back Nicolas Otamendi, Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister.

Martinez's call-up came two days after he ended his 10-year spell at Arsenal to join rivals Aston Villa for a reported fee of 20 million euros (around 24 million US dollars).

Surprise absentees in Scaloni's squad were Paris Saint-Germain forwards Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi as well as Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

As expected, Barcelona star Lionel Messi heads the list, with Juventus forward Paulo Dybala and Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez also included.

The South American zone World Cup qualifiers were originally scheduled to begin in late March but were suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Argentina will host Ecuador at the Bombonera in Buenos Aires on October 8 before a clash with Bolivia in La Paz five days later.

Following is the preliminary Argentina squad:

Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Juan Musso (Udinese), Agustin Machersin (Porto).

Defenders: Juan Foyth (Tottenham), Renzo Saravia (Internacional), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Leonardo Balerdi (Olympique), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Nehuen Perez (Atletico Madrid), Walter Kannemann (Gremio), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Facundo Medina (Lens), Marcos Acuna (Sevilla)

Midfielders: Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain), Guido Rodriguez (Real Betis), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Exequiel Palacios (Bayern Leverkusen), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham), Nicolas Dominguez (Bologna), Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla), Nicolas Gonzalez (Stuttgart), Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Alejandro Gomez (Atalanta), Joaquin Correa (Lazio), Lucas Alario (Bayern Leverkusen), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Giovani Simeone (Cagliari), Cristian Pavon (LA Galaxy).

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