Inter Milan's Icardi named in Argentina squad

2017-05-20 02:55:55 GMT2017-05-20 10:55:55(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BUENOS AIRES, May 19 (Xinhua) -- Inter Milan striker MauroIcardi and uncapped West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini have beenincluded in Argentina's squad for friendlies against Brazil andSingapore next month.

But there was no place for Manchester City striker Sergio Agueroor Sao Paulo forward Lucas Pratto, who were both dropped from thesquad chosen for World Cup qualifiers in March.

Argentina will meet rivals Brazil in Melbourne on June 9 beforea clash with Singapore four days later.

Icardi, 24, who has made just one appearance for theAlbiceleste, has scored 26 goals in 41 matches for Inter thisseason.

Lanzini, also 24, has 15 goals in 68 appearances for West Hamsince his 2015 move from Al Jazira.

The Argentine Football Association published the 20-man squad ontheir official website on Friday despite having yet to name areplacement coach for Edgardo Bauza, who was sacked last month.

Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli is expected to be named in the roleafter Sevilla's last match of the season on Saturday.

Argentina are currently fifth in the 10-team South America zoneWorld Cup qualifying standings with four games remaining.

Only the first four teams at the end of the qualifyingtournament will earn an automatic slot in Russia. The fifth-rankedside will advance to a playoff against the top nation fromOceania.

Argentina squad:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Nahuel Guzman(UANL Tigres), Geronimo Rulli (Real Sociedad)

Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Emanuel Mammana(Olympique Lyonnais), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), GabrielMercado (Sevilla)

Midfielders: Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Lucas Biglia (Lazio),Guido Rodriguez (Tijuana), Leandro Paredes (AS Roma), Ever Banega(Inter Milan), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United), Angel Di Maria(Paris Saint-Germain)

Forwards: Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain (both Juventus), MauroIcardi (Inter Milan), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Alejandro Gomez(Atalanta), Joaquin Correa (Sevilla). Enditem