Coco BASILE has announced a provisional squad of 18 overseas based players for next month's World Cup qualifiers. Argentina will host close rivals Uruguay on the 11th of October before going on the road to face Chile four days later. Before we get into further discussions, here is the list: -
Juan Pablo CARRIZO (Lazio)
Sergio ROMERO (AZ Alkmaar)
Javier ZANETTI (Inter Milan)
Pablo ZABALETA (Manchester City)
Martín DEMICHELIS (Bayern Munich)
Cata DIAZ (Getafe)
Fabricio COLOCCINI (Newcastle United)
Nicolás BURDISSO (Inter Milan)
Gabriel HEINZE (Real Madrid)
Luciano MONZON (Real Betis)
Maxi RODRIGUEZ (Atlético Madrid)
Javier MASCHERANO (Liverpool)
Esteban CAMBIASSO (Inter Milan)
Ángel DI MARIA (Benfica)
Carlos TEVEZ (Manchester United)
Sergio Kun AGUERO (Atlético Madrid)
Diego MILITO (Genoa)
Lionel MESSI (Barcelona)
The most obvious inclusion has to Luciano MONZON. The gold medalist left back is having a great start to his career in Spain. I would love to see him getting some action in place of Gabriel HEINZE.
Among the returnee are Maxi RODRIGUEZ and Gabriel MILITO. The latter has been on fire ever since he moved to Genoa.
I'm sure the rest of the additions are likely to be home based player, most notably Juan Roman RIQUELME. However I have no idea at the moment whether Coco has made up his mind on those players based in Europe.
Once again, Coco has been pretty ignorant towards Fernando CAVENAGHI. At the same time, I keep asking myself where is Mauro ZARATE and Gonzalo HIGUAIN? All these players are in good form and I don't see any reason for them not to be included into this team.
Unless Coco has some surprise left for us when he names the full squad.