Buenos Aires: Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi and young Racing Club striker Lautaro Martinez were among 35 players named in Argentina’s provisional World Cup squad.
Icardi, who has played only four matches for his country since his debut in 2013, was rewarded for a superb 28-goal season in Italy’s Serie A championship.
Martinez, 20, has netted 20 goals in 26 appearances across all competitions for Racing in 2017-18. The tally includes five in as many matches in the Copa Libertadores, South America’s top club competition.
As expected, the Albiceleste squad includes Barcelona’s five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, Hebei China Fortune midfielder Javier Mascherano and Manchester United centre-back Marcos Rojo.
AC Milan midfielder Lucas Biglia was named despite suffering a recent back injury.
Argentina coach Jorge Sampoli will trim his squad to 23 by June 4.
The two-time World Cup winners will begin their campaign in Russia against Iceland on June 16. They will also face Croatia and Nigeria in the group stage.