BUENOS AIRES: Striker Paulo Dybala was called up to the Argentina squad for the first time in almost two years Monday after an impressive start to the season with Juventus.
Dybala was included in the squad for three upcoming World Cup qualifiers in September, with veteran Sergio Aguero out injured.
Coach Lionel Scaloni included most of the players who won the Copa America in July, Argentina’s first major title in almost 30 years.
Lionel Messi, goalkeeper Emiliano Martnez and striker Angel Di Mara, the scorer of the winning goal against host Brazil in the final, were all called up.
Dybala was part of the 2019 Copa America squad and has played 29 games in total for Argentina.
Argentina is second in South American qualifying with 12 points from six matches. The team has away games against Venezuela and leader Brazil before hosting Bolivia in Buenos Aires.
Defender Cristian Romero and midfielder Leandro Paredes are suspended for the first game.
Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Emiliano Martnez (Aston Villa), Juan Musso (Atalanta), Gernimo Rulli (Villarreal).
Defenders: Gonzalo Montiel, Marcos Acua (Sevilla), Nahuel Molina (Udinese), Cristian Romero (Tottenham), Nicols Otamendi (Benfica), Juan Foyth (Villarreal), Lucas Martnez Quarta (Fiorentina), Germn Pezzella (Betis), Lisandro Martnez and Nicols Tagliafico (Ajax).
Midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid), Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint Germain), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Guido Rodrguez (Betis), Nicols Domnguez (Bologna), Emiliano Buenda (Aston Villa) and Alejandro Gmez (Sevilla).
Forwards: Lionel Messi and ngel Di Mara (Pars Saint-Germain), Lautaro Martnez (Inter Milan), Nicols Gonzlez (Fiorentina), ngel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Julin lvarez (River Plate) and Joaqun Correa (Lazio).
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