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Jorge Sampaoli names Argentina starting XI for World Cup meeting with Iceland

Sampaoli names Argentina XI for WC opener
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Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli names his starting XI for Saturday's World Cup Group D opener against Iceland a day before the match.

Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli has named his starting XI for Saturday's World Cup Group D meeting with Iceland.

Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi is among the starters at Moscow's Otkrytie Arena, alongside Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and former Manchester United attacker Angel Di Maria, now at Paris Saint-Germain.

Man City defender Nicolas Otamendi, Man United centre-back Marcos Rojo and Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero will also take to the field from the off in the Russian capital.

Sampaoli confirmed his lineup in a press conference on Friday, adding: "I get goosebumps knowing that there are so many people excited this month - tomorrow there will be 40 million willing us on against Iceland."

Croatia and Nigeria are the other two teams in Group D.

ARGENTINA STARTING XI: Caballero, Salvio, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico, Biglia, Mascherano, Meza, Messi, Di Maria, Aguero


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