Lionel Messi (Supplied)
Buenos Aires – Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi and Juventus playmaker Paulo Dybala were given a World Cup boost after being included in a 35-man pre-selection squad for Russia 2018 on Monday.
Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli included most of his big stars including Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria and will whittle his choice down to 23 names for May 21 when he will officially announce his 23-man travelling party.
Argentina are in Group B, which includes Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia.
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United/ENG), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres Monterrey/MEX), Wilfredo Caballero (Chelsea/ENG), Franco Armani (River Plate)
Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla/ESP), Federico Fazio (Roma/ITA), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City/ENG), German Pezzella (Fiorentina/ITA), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton/ENG), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United/ENG), Nicolas Taglafico (Ajax/NED), Javier Mascherano (Hebei Fortune/CHN), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica/POR), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino/ITA).
Midfielders: Ever Banega, Guido Pizarro (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan/ITA), Leandro Paredes (Zenith Saint Petersburg/RUS), Angel Di Mara and Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Enzo Perez (River Plate), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham/ENG), Pablo Perez and Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Ricardo Centurion (Racing), Rodrigo Battaglia (Sporting Lisbon/POR).
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala (Juventus/ITA), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan/ITA), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/ENG), Diego Perotti (Roma/ITA), Lautaro Martinez (Racing).