Diego Maradona has announced his provisional 30 man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, surprising those in some quarters by not selecting Inter Milan’s Argentinian pair Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Zanetti.
There is no surprise in some of the big name inclusions, however, as Lionel Messi of Barcelona, and Carlos Tevez of Manchester City are among those European based players who will be on the plane to South Africa.
Maradona has selected a squad with its weight forwards, though, as he named seven centre forwards in this provisional line-up.
Argentina have until 1 June to name their final 23 man squad for the tournament, during which they face Greece, Nigeria and South Korea in the tricky Group B.
Argentina Provisional 30 man squad:
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Diego Pozo (Colon)
Defenders: Nicolas Burdisso (Inter Milan), Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich), Walter Samuel (Inter Milan), Gabriel Heinze (Olympique Marseille), Nicolas Otamendi (Velez Sarsfield), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle), Juan Manuel Insaurralde (Newell’s Old Boys), Clemente Rodriguez (Estudiantes), Ariel Garce (Colon)
Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Sebastian Blanco (Lanus), Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes), Jesus Datolo (Olympiacos), Jose Sosa (Estudiantes), Maximiliano Rodriguez (Liverpool), Mario Bolatti (Fiorentina), Juan Mercier (Argentinos Juniors), Angel Di Maria (Benfica), Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle), Javier Pastore (Palermo)
Forwards: Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid), Diego Milito (Inter Milan), Martin Palermo (Boca Juniors), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli).