Erik Lamela left out of Argentina squad


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Tottenham winger Erik Lamela has been left out of Argentina’s provisional 35-man squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

The 26-year-old has featured 23 times for his country since making his debut in 2011 although only three of those appearances came during qualifying for this summer’s tournament, while he has not played at all for the two-time world champions since 2016.

Injuries have been the main reason behind Lamela’s recent lack of international action although he has been a regular for Spurs since returning to full fitness in December, netting twice during their 5-4 victory over Leicester on the final day of the Premier League season.

However, that was not enough to convince Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli to include Lamela and the former Roma ace will now have to watch on when his team-mates head to the finals.

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero has been included in the provisional squad despite recently undergoing knee surgery.

He is one of six Premier League-based players in the squad alongside club-mate Nicolas Otamendi, Manchester United duo Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo, West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini and Everton’s Ramiro Funes Mori.

Argentina boast a wealth of attacking options in their squad, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Mauro Icardi joining Aguero in party.

La Albiceleste have been drawn in Group D where they will come up against Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia. They are priced at 1.60 to finish top of the group.

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