MX23RW : Wednesday, April 24 04:28:35| >> :600:21164920:21164920:

Lionel Scaloni: 'Sergio Aguero did not request omission from Argentina squad'

Scaloni: 'Aguero did not request omission'
© Reuters
Interim Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni insists that the likes of Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria did not ask to be left out of his first squad.

Interim Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni has insisted that no-one requested to be left out of the squad for the upcoming friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia.

Scaloni omitted a host of high-profile names from his squad for the double-header, including the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain.

Messi is understood to be considering his international future and is expected to refuse any call-ups for at least the remainder of 2018, but Scaloni hinted that the other selections have been made with one eye on the future of the national team.

"No player told me he did not want to come to the Argentina national team," Scaloni told The Guardian.

"All the decisions we have taken are for the good of the national team and to try to see what we can bring to the future. We have very clear in our minds that we need to add people to this new adventure.

"I spoke to the majority of the players and they all gave me their availability. We feel that we need these players right now. I feel it's the time for renovation. I'm convinced that the time to call up these players is now."

Both of Argentina's upcoming friendlies - their first games since their last-16 exit at this summer's World Cup - will be played in the United States.


Click here for more stories about Lionel Scaloni

Click here for more stories about Argentina

Share this article now:
Argentina's Lionel Messi during the match against Croatia on June 21, 2018
Read Next:
Scaloni unsure about Messi Argentina future
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool35277179205988
2Manchester CityMan City34282487226586
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs352311165353070
4Chelsea35207859382167
5Arsenal34206868432566
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd34197863481564
7Watford35148135050050
8Everton35147145044649
9Leicester CityLeicester35146154847148
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves34139124142-148
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham35127164454-1043
12Crystal Palace35126174348-542
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle35118163544-941
14Bournemouth35125184962-1341
15Burnley35117174462-1840
16Southampton35910164158-1737
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3597193254-2234
18Cardiff CityCardiff3594223065-3531
RFulham3565243376-4323
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3535272069-4914

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account