Easily one of the favorites of the Copa America Centenario, Argentina has confirmed a very strong final list of 23 players for the tournament in the United States by Gerardo ''Tata'' Martino this Friday afternoon in Buenos Aires at the AFA headquarters.
Included in Martino's team are national team experience players Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Javier Mascherano, as well as the Paris Saint-Germain pair of Javier Pastore and Angel Di Maria. Ezequiel Lavezzi, who signed a deal to play for Chinese club Hebei Fortune in February, was also named to the squad.
The big names not included are Paulo Dybala of Juventus, Carlos Tevez of Boca Juniors and Angel Correa of Atletico Madrid. Martino has also put in domestic based players Gabriel Mercado and Jonathan Maidana of River Plate as well as the biggest surprise name in the list, defender Victor Cuesta of Independiente, all going over Pablo Zabaleta, Ezequiel Garay, and Mateo Musacchio.
Before the tournament starts, they will take on Honduras in San Juan on May 27 before traveling to the United States the following day.
In Group D, they take on Chile in Santa Clara, California at Levi's Stadium on June 4 in their first group match before traveling to Chicago, Illinois to take on Panama on June 10 at Soldier Field and finish off their group matches against Bolivia in Seattle, Washington at CenturyLink Field on June 14.
Argentina's 23 man squad
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Nahuel Guzmán (Tigres), Mariano Andujar (Estudiantes)
Defenders: Facundo Roncaglia (Fiorentina), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton), Gabriel Mercado (River), Jonathan Maidana (River), Victor Cuesta (Independiente).
Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Augusto Fernández (Atlético Madrid), Matías Kranevitter (Atlético Madrid), Éver Banega (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Erik Lamela (Tottenham), Javier Pastore (Paris Saint Germain).
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City), Ángel Di María (Paris Saint Germain), Nicolás Gaitán (Benfica), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Hebei Fortune).