Maradona causes more rifts when unveiling 30-man preliminary squad – No Zanetti or Cambiasso

12th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Diego Maradona has always been a mystery, a conundrum if you like, both in his playing days and now has a coach, even more so as a coach in fact. The latest controversy surrounding the Argentine manager was his decision to leave both Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Zanetti out of the 30-man preliminary squad. The two mentioned are of course racing through the years, Cambiasso 29 and Zanetti 36, but  Maradona has always stood by his own morales that age isn’t a factor when selecting who should play for Argentina, with Martin Palermo‘s inclusion at 36 years-old a prime example.

The reasons as to why Maradona left out two of the more experienced and well renowned Argentine players is still unknown, as the controversial character refused to speak to the Argentina FA Yesterday when announcing the squad.

Another two players who appeared prominent to make the squad were Fernando Gago of Real Madrid and Gabriel Milito of Barcelona, of which both were also omitted.

There should be enough stars and big names in the preliminary squad to keep folk back home in Argentina happy enough; captain Javier Mascherano, inspirational forward Lionel Messi and in form Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid were all selected. There were, however, nine players chosen from the Argentine league, with Maradona remaining firm on his stance of selecting home-based players for national duty instead of plucking those from the major European leagues.

From the English Premier League: Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Maxi Rodriguez (Liverpool), Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle United), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) and Carlos Tevez (Man City) were called up, as well were two former Manchester United players, Juan Sebastian Veron and Gabriel Heinze, now of Estudiantes and Marseille, respectively.



Argentina 30-man Preliminary Squad:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero, Mariano Andujar, Diego Pozo

Defenders: Nicolas Burdisso, Martin Demichelis, Walter Samuel, Gabriel Heinze, Nicolas Otamendi, Fabricio Coloccini, Juan Manuel Insaurralde, Clemente Rodriguez, Ariel Garce

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano, Sebastian Blanco, Juan Sebastian Veron, Jesus Datolo, Jose Sosa, Maximiliano Rodriguez, Mario Bolatti, Juan Mercier, Angel Di Maria, Jonas Gutierrez, Javier Pastore

Forwards: Sergio Aguero, Diego Milito, Martin Palermo, Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi, Ezequiel Lavezzi 


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