Friday March 8 2013
No Icardi for Argentina

Argentina have called up four Serie A based players for their next World Cup qualifiers, but Sampdoria’s Mauro Icardi isn’t one of them.

Boss Alejandro Sabella has been monitoring the 20-year-old after he spoke to him about his international future following Samp’s recent victory over Roma.

There were suggestions that Sabella could select him immediately to make sure that Icardi doesn’t later switch allegiance to the Italian national side, but the call has yet to come.

Argentina will face Venezuela and Bolivia on March 22 and 26 respectively.

Sergio Romero, Mariano Andujar, Hugo Campagnaro and Rodrigo Palacio are the peninsula players who have got the nod.

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Mariano Andujar (Catania).

Defenders: Hugo Campagnaro (Napoli), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Federico Fernandez (Getafe), Jose' Maria Basanta (Monterrey).

Midfielders: Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Ever Banega (Valencia), Pablo Guinazu (Libertad), Josè Sosa (Metalist Kharkiv), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Walter Montillo (Cruzeiro).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain), Franco Di Santo (Wigan).