Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi and young Racing Club striker Lautaro Martinez were among 35 players named in Argentina's provisional World Cup squad. Icardi, who has played only four matches for his country since his debut in 2013, was on Monday rewarded for a superb 28-goal season in Italy's Serie A championship, reports Xinua news agency. Martinez, 20, has netted 20 goals in 26 appearances across all competitions for Racing in 2017-18.
The tally includes five in as many matches in the Copa Libertadores, South America's top club competition. As expected, the Albiceleste squad includes FC Barcelona's five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi, Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, Hebei China Fortune midfielder Javier Mascherano and Manchester United center-back Marcos Rojo.