Scaloni made a new summons after Correa’s injury: a footballer who has not been in the National Team since the 2018 World Cup will return

Maximiliano Meza played four games in the 2018 World Cup (Photo: AFP)

The injury of Joaquin Correa in the last duel of the Inter of Italy set off the alarms in the Argentine national team and the coach Lionel Scaloni began to make moves in order to cover that almost certain loss that the team will have facing the double dates of the South American Qualifiers. During the last hours, the DT made a new summons that surprised several: Maximiliano Meza will return to the national squad almost four years after his last game for the country.

“Soccer player Maximiliano Meza de Rayados joins the call for the double date against Chile and Colombia”, reported the official profile of Argentina to confirm the return of the former Gimnasia de La Plata and Independiente who currently plays in Mexican soccer.

The 29 year old attacker had been one of the great novelties of Jorge Sampaoli in the squad that played the World Cup in Russia 2018 and was eliminated in the round of 16 after falling to France. The player who emerged from Gimnasia de La Plata, who at that time had a great presence in Independiente de Avellanda, came to play four games of that World Cup: he started against Iceland and Croatia and came off the bench against Nigeria and France.

That duel against the French on June 30, 2018 was his last appearance with albiceleste taking into account that in March of that year had had its premiere with the National Team in a friendly against Spain. In all, he completed six appearances in preparation matches before going to Russia 2018.

The posting of the Argentine team to inform the call for Meza
The posting of the Argentine team to inform the call for Meza

The details that Scaloni He still hasn’t disaffected Correa although this new call makes us believe that finally the Inter striker will not travel to the country for the commitments against Chile Y Colombia, corresponding to dates 15 and 16 of the South American Qualifiers. The meeting before Roja It will be on Thursday, January 27, at 9:15 p.m., at the stadium desert foxes, located in the city of Calama at 2,260 meters above sea level. The next presentation will be on Tuesday, February 1 from 8:30 p.m. in the Mario Alberto Kempes Stadium of Cordoba against the coffee growers

Meza landed in Monterrey in Mexico at the beginning of 2019 after being one of the stars of the Independiente that won the Copa Sudamericana at the hands of Ariel Holan. Rayados shelled out a amount close to 15 million dollars at that time and took a footballer who in this club already won four titles (Apertura Tournament, Copa MX and two Concacaf Champions League).

Beyond the loss of captain Lionel Messi for this double date that is coming, the detail behind this new call is that Scaloni once again returned to put aside Giovanni Simeone. The 26-year-old striker, who has scored 12 goals for Hellas Verona this season in Serie A, had been in the Argentine coach’s preselection as confirmed by his own club. However, despite the lack of natural area forwards to compete for the position with Lautaro Martinez, the leader of the scaloneta He chose to summon an attacker with a different offensive profile.

The appearance of Meza will be one of the greatest novelties of the Argentine team along with the calls of Esteban Andrada, Lucas Ocamos and Alexis MacAllister.

Meza started against Iceland and Croatia in the 2018 World Cup (Photo: Reuters)
Meza started against Iceland and Croatia in the 2018 World Cup (Photo: Reuters)

THE ARGENTINE LIST

archers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Esteban Andrada (Monterrey), Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa) and Juan Musso (Atalanta).

defenders: Gonzalo Montiel (Seville), Lucas Martínez Quarta (Fiorentina), Germán Pezzella (Betis), Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica), Lisandro Martínez (Ajax), Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax) and Marcos Acuña (Seville).

Midfielders: Nicolás González (Fiorentina), Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla), Leandro Paredes (PSG), Guido Rodríguez (Betis), Rodrigo De Paul (Atlético Madrid), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham), Alejandro Gómez (Sevilla), Alexis Mac Allister ( Brighton), Emiliano Buendía (Aston Villa) and Ángel Di María (PSG).

Forwards: Ángel Correa (Atlético Madrid), Julián Álvarez (River), Lautaro Martínez (Inter), Joaquín Correa (Inter), Paulo Dybala (Juventus) and Maximiliano Meza (Monterrey).

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