Bad news today as Fabricio Coloccini has missed out on the final 23 man Argentina squad, that manager Diego Maradona has just announced.
Fabricio Coloccini – misses out on World Cup
But Newcastle winger Jonás Gutiérrez has been named in the Argentine squad for this summer’s World Cup finals – as was expected.
Manager Diego Maradona originally named Coloccini in his provisional squad of 30 earlier this month, but it’s rather surprising that he has been left out of the final 23.
Coloccini was in the Argentina squad in 2006 in Germany, and with only 9 players with previous World Cup experience named in the provisional squad of 30, we thought Fabricio, who was in great form for Newcastle United last season, had a good chance of making the final 23.
Maradona announced the squad yesterday, even though the plan was to announce the final squad on 1st June. Argentina have a warm-up game against Canada in Buenos Aires on Monday night.
It’s tough luck on Coloccini, but at least he will now get a decent rest over the summer, and will be all set to star again for Newcastle in the English Premiership next season.
The surprise was that Maradona included 30 year-old Colon defender Ariel Garce in his final 23 man squad, and the player has only one previous cap for Argentina, and that was in 4-0 friendly win over Haiti just two weeks ago.
Maradona will almost certainly receive some criticism for his final selection, as he has left out a number of experienced players based in Europe, who are playing top class football.
Inter Milan players Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Zanetti were the two surprise omissions from Argentina’s provisional 30-man squad, and Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago and Barcelona central defender Gabriel Milito were also left out.
Full-back Zanetti and midfielder Cambiasso were omitted despite playing a key role in Inter’s march to the Champions League final.
You see what we mean.
Here is Argentina’s final 23 man squad:
Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Diego Pozo (Colon); Nicolas Burdisso (Roma), Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich), Walter Samuel (Inter Milan), Gabriel Heinze (Marseille), Nicolas Otamendi (Velez Sarsfield), Clemente Rodriguez (Estudiantes), Ariel Garce (Colon); Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes), Maxi Rodriguez (Liverpool), Mario Bolatti (Fiorentina), Angel Di Maria (Benfica), Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle), Javier Pastore (Palermo); Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid), Diego Milito (Inter Milan), Martin Palermo (Boca Juniors), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona).