We've barely got over from the excitement of our Under-23 side in Beijing and now let's start talking about our upcoming World Cup qualifiers. National Team coach Alfio "Coco" BASILE has named an initial squad of 19 players for next months double header. The team will play Paraguay first on the 6th of September at home and then travel to Lima to face Peru four days later.
Roberto ABBOBDANZIERI (Getafe)
Juan Pablo CARIZZO (Lazio)
Sergio ROMERO (AZ Aalkmar)
Javier ZANETTI (Inter Milan)
Pablo ZABALETA (Espanyol)
Nicolás BURDISSO (Inter Milan)
Gonzalo RODRIGUEZ (Villarreal)
Martín DEMICHELIS (Bayern Munich)
Fabricio COLOCCINI (Newcastle)
Gabriel HEINZE (Real Madrid)
Javier MASCHERANO (Liverpool)
Fernando GAGO (Real Madrid)
Esteban CAMBIASSO (Inter Milan)
Angel DI MARIA (Benfica)
Andrés D'ALESSANDRO (Internacional)
Lionel MESSI (Barcelona)
Carlos TEVEZ (Manchester United)
Sergio Kun AGUERO (Atlético Madrid)
Lisandro LOPEZ (Porto)
Obviously, the most surprise name in that list is D'ALESSANDRO. My assumption was that previously Coco had some problem and just to ignore him. I feel happy about his recall and I hope to see the same El Cabezon that I remember watching in Athens 2004.
It is also interesting to see that Coco is using Sergio BATISTA's gold medal winning team as his platform. A total of seven players (ROMERO, ZABALETA, MASCHERANO, GAGO, DI MARIA, MESSI and KUN) were from our Under-23 squad.
The big question here is where on earth in Juan Roman RIQUELME? Well my guess is that he could be one of the others name that will be included in the next few days.
Another two notable absentee from this list that I hope would also make it into the team is Maxi RODRIGUEZ and Fernando CAVENAGHI though I'm not ruling out the likes of LAVEZZI or HIGUAIN.
What about Gabriel MILITO? Currently Coco already has seven defenders in this list so I'm not sure whether is he going to add another one.
That's said, it is never going to be to select just 23 from a pool of 30-40 players. This is what makes our team such an adorable team to support. Now I leave the floor to you guys to give us your input on this list.
Who should start? What sort of formation should Coco employ? And which players (that was left out) deserve to be in this list?