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    Time for Argentina to give Mauro Icardi national call-up

    Time for Argentina to give Mauro Icardi national call-up

    Argentina national team faced another embarrassing defeat yesterday night as Bauza’s lads were trashed 3-0 by Brazil in a key World Cup qualifier tie. Yesterday’s defeat leaves Argentina out of the top five spots of the table, which means that at the moment Messi &Co. would be out of the 2018 World Cup.

    It is fair to say that the albiceleste has still plenty of time to recover, having still 7 games to be played and being just one point behind Chile that sit fifth in the table, filling the only play-off spot in the group (the first four teams of the group get a direct qualification to the World Cup).

    ​With 16 points in 11 games, however, Argentina can make no more mistakes. Some Argentinean stars must step up and restore their serenity if the really want to be an added value for the team. Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Javier Mascherano are the leaders of Argentina and failed to impress yesterday night.

    Bauza could consider making some additions to a squad that has showed lack of personality and is also recently struggling to score goals consistently. The name of Mauro Icardi comes to mind as the Inter striker is impressing with the nerazzurri despite his club’s difficult start to the season.

    ​Icardi has 11 goals in the opening 16 games of the campaign and is Serie A’s leading scorer alongside Roma hit-man Edin Dzeko. At this point, Bauza should really give Icardi national call-up as the 23-year-old striker could be the answer to Argentina’s needs. The albiceleste boss has recently admitted that a call-up of Icardi is just around the corner. The time has now come for Argentina to test Icardi at a senior national team level.

    ​Gianluca Minchiotti, adapted by Lorenzo Bettoni

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