World Cup playoffs: Messi leads Argentina squad for Finalissima against Italy

Paris Saint-Germain striker Lionel Messi will lead Argentina’s squad for next month’s World Cup playoffs in 2022 against Italy, the South American country’s FA announced on Friday.

Albiceleste manager Lionel Scaloni also included strikers Paulo Dybala and Lautaro Martinez in his final 29-man squad a week after he named a preliminary 35-man list for the all-important clash.

In addition, goalkeepers Emiliano Martinez and Franco Aramani were called up despite respective knee and Covid-19 concerns, Xinhua reports

The Finalissima, which pits the reigning Copa America champions against the European Championship holders, will be played at London’s Wembley Stadium on 1 June.

Scaloni said he will use the game to prepare for the FIFA World Cup, which will be played in Qatar from November 21 to December 18.

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