Lionel Messi will lead Argentina in the last World Cup Quaifier

Lionel Messi                      (photo source:

Argentinian striker Lionel Messi will lead his national side in the final double-match of the South American Qualifying Tournament which will decide the teams that qualify for the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

Argentina’s Football Association (AFA) announced the partial line-up for the two upcoming games with Peru and Uruguay to be played on October 11 and 15 in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, respectively.

So far, AFA has released only the names of participating players playing for foreign leagues, as well as forwards Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.

Team coach Alejandro Sabella has recruited the following 23 players (team, region):

Goalies: Sergio Romero (Monaco, France) and Mariano Andujar ( Catania, Italy).

Defenders: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City, England), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter, Italy), Federico Fernandez (Napoli, Italy), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle, England), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica, Portugal), Cristian Ansaldi (Zenit, Russia) Jose Basanta ( Monterrey, Mexico) and Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisboa, Portugal).

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona, Spain), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid, Spain), Ever Banega (Valencia, Spain), Augusto Fernandez (Celta de Vigo, Spain), Lucas Biglia (Lazio, Italy), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter, Italy), Erik Lamela (Tottenham, England) and Jose Sosa (Metallist, Ukraine).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Spain), Rodrigo Palacio ( Inter, Italy), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli, Italy), Sergio Agero ( Manchester City, England) and Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint Germain, France).

Argentina have already qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Argentina became the first team from South America to qualify for the World Cup as their 5-2 thrashing of Paraguay sealed top spot in the CONMEBOL standings.

The Argentinians are the top scorers with 30 goals, with 19 of them coming from the boots of Messi and Higuain, who have ten and nine goals each.