Man United star Alejandro Garnacho earns his first Argentina call-up after being named in their squad for two upcoming friendlies… as teenager gets rewarded for impressive displays at Old Trafford
- Alejandro Garnacho has earned his first call-up to the Argentina national squad
- The winger has impressed in his performances for Manchester United this year
- Argentina will play Panama and Curaçao in friendly matches later this month
Manchester United winger Alejandro Garnacho has been named in Argentina’s squad for their upcoming friendlies against Panama and Curaçao.
The 18-year-old has become a key member of Erik ten Hag’s side this season and recently scored the third and final goal in United’s 3-1 FA Cup win over West Ham.
And, after going from strength to strength during the 2022-23 campaign, the winger has been awarded his first senior call-up to Lionel Scaloni’s side.
Garnacho will join the reigning champions – after their World Cup success last year – for the friendly matches that will take place later this month.
The winger missed out on a place in the squad for Qatar but will be relived to have been named in Scaloni’s first side since their triumph in December.
Man United’s Alejandro Garnacho has earned his first call-up to the Argentina national side
Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni has named his first team since winning the World Cup
The teenage sensation is also eligible to represent Spain but, after the country’s national media blasted Garnacho last month, it’s unlikely he’d make that choice.
The winger came under fire from Spanish press after he mimicked Pedri’s trademark glasses celebration at full time of United’s 2-1 win over Barcelona last month.
Mundo Deportivo, a well-renowned Spanish newspaper, suggested the celebration was ‘in very poor taste for an 18-year-old boy who hasn’t been in elite football for very long’.
Garnacho has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Old Trafford, scoring four goals in all competitions for the first-team and helped the club lift the Carabao Cup at Wembley on Sunday.
His pacey wide-play has wreaked havoc amongst Premier League defences as Ten Hag continues to place his trust in the Argentinian winger.
The 18-year-old is currently in contract negotiations with United over a new long-term deal, with image rights reported to be the only hold-up in putting pen-to-paper
The winger was named as part of the 35-man squad for friendlies against Panama and Curaçao
The winger gave Man United a late lead during their FA Cup home match against West Ham
United team-mate Fred also tipped the club’s academy prodigy to become ‘one of the best players in the world’ after their 3-1 FA Cup fifth round win on Wednesday evening.
Garnacho scored in the 90th minute to put United ahead for the first time in the tie before Fred rounded off an Old Trafford comeback win.
The winger will hope his debut comes on Thursday, March 23, when Argentina face Panama in a friendly at the Mâs Monumental Stadium.
If not, his first appearance will likely come on March 28 when they face the Curaçao team at the Madre de Ciudades Stadium in Santiago del Estero.
ARGENTINA SQUAD FOR MARCH FRIENDLIES
Goalkeepers: Armani (River), Rulli (Ajax), E. Martinez (Aston Villa),
Defenders: Foyth (Villarreal), Montiel (Sevilla), Molina (Atletico Madrid), Perez (Udinese), Pezzella (Real Betis), Romero (Tottenham Hotspur), Otamendi (Benfica), L. Martinez (Manchester United), Tagliafico (Lyon), Acuna (Sevilla), Blanco (Elche),
Midfielders: Paredes (Juventus), Rodriguez (Real Betis), Fernandez (Chelsea), Perrone (Manchester City), Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), De Paul (Atletico Madrid), Buonanotte (Brighton and Hove Albion), Almada (Atlanta United), Lo Celso (Villarreal), Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion),
Forwards: Di Maria (Juventus), Correa (Atletico Madrid), Buendia (Aston Villa), Carboni (Inter Milan), Messi (PSG), Dybala (Roma), L. Martinez (Inter Milan), Alvarez (Manchester City), Garnacho (Manchester United), Gonzalez (Fiorentina), Gomez (Sevilla).
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