Monday, September 29, 2008

Coco's Provisional Squad For November Qualifiers

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.


johnny said...

Hi John, I know you meant Diego Milito, not Gabriel. Gabriel is still rehabing his injury and as I understand it suffered a setback not long ago. So Diego is a big surprise and I guess Coco is back to looking for a more traditional #9.

It is nice to see Luciano Monzon on the list as a former Boca player. Boca could sure use him right now with all the problems they are having at the fullback position !

Anonymous said...

Is Pato hurt or something? I do not see in the squad and that is GREAT news! I think D.Milito is not the man who can answer Argentina's call, a 40 year old Batistuta and a 33 year old Crespo can do a better job then Milito. But I agree Higuain and Zarate should be called up. You know if Argentina do not come away with 6 points then Basile is all but done, but hey if they do not get it then I hope it is the end of Basile. And I am not too fond of Tevez at the moment , I think for most of us he is on thin ice. I'd rather see Saviola then Tevez.. He just does not fit well with Messi it is that simple. And i'd like to see a Aguero, Messi,Di Maria same as the olympics again. And boy oh boy am i glad to see Maxi back, I thnk him and Mascherano are the backbone to this squad.


cacioitalia said...

I'm happy to see "DiMaria" on the list of players. Now for certain the squad if solid.

Anonymous said...

Argentina will play Scotland on Nov 19th, after months of back and forth the deal finally got done.


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