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Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi left out of Argentina World Cup squad

Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi, who scored 29 goals in 34 games in Serie A has been left out of Argentina squad.

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Argentina have named their 23-man World Cup squad with Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi missing out.

Icardi will not be in Russia with Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuian and Paulo Dybala preferred.

Boss Jorge Sampaoli named Icardi in his initial 35-man list last week – having brought him in from the wilderness during Argentina’s qualifying campaign.

Yet the divisive frontman has not made the final cut, with Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Boca Juniors ace Cristian Pavon preferred.

Aguero is joined by five other Premier League players including Manchester City team-mate Nicolas Otamendi.

West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini, Manchester United pair Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo, and Chelsea’s Willy Caballero are the other England-based players.

Argentina begin their World Cup campaign against Iceland on 16 June before games against Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.

The 25-year-old scores 29 goals in 34 appearances in Italy’s top flight this season.

Argentina squad

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Willy Caballero (Chelsea), Franco Armani (River Plate).

Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Federico Fazio (Roma), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Taglafico (Ajax), Javier Mascherano (Hebei Fortune), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino).

Midfielders: Ever Banega (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Angel Di Maria, Giovani Lo Celso (both Paris St-Germain), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala (both Juventus), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City).

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