Argentina leave Ocampos out of final Copa America squad



The winger was perhaps the most notable snub from manager Lionel Scaloni after he had participated in a recent World Cup qualifier

Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos has been left out of Argentina’s Copa America squad, which was finalised on Thursday night, according to the official CONMEBOL website.

The 26-year-old had been a starter in Lionel Scaloni’s team just one week prior vs Chile in a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw. In his place, Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Angel Di Maria, Joaquin Correa, Sergio Aguero and Lucas Alario will serve as the nation’s forwards in the upcoming tournament. If Alario, currently nursing an injury, does not recover in the next week, River Plate attacker Julian Alvarez would take the final roster spot.

Ocampos took a step backward in 2020-21 at the club level after a 14-goal, three-assist league debut for Sevilla the year before. He managed just one non-penalty goal in 34 domestic appearances – and five goals when including spot kicks – and was criticised for his finishing woes.

Who made the Argentina squad for the Copa America?

Based on the information published to the CONMEBOL website, the following players were named to the 28-man squad.

Goalkeepers: Franco Armani, Emiliano Martinez, Juan Musso and Agustin Marchesin.

Defenders: Gonzalo Montiel, Nicolas Otamendi, German Pezzella, Nicolas Tagliafico, Lucas Martinez Quarta, Marcos Acuna, Lisandro Martinez, Nahuel Molina Lucero and Cristian Romero.

Midfielders: Leandro Paredes, Giovani Lo Celso, Exequiel Palacios, Nicolas Gonzalez, Guido Rodriguez, Rodrigo De Paul, Alejandro Gomez, Angel Correa and Nicolas Dominguez.

Forwards: Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Angel Di Maria, Joaquin Correa, Sergio Aguero and Lucas Alario.

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