Sampaoli snubs Icardi and Dybala for Argentina squad
Atletico Madrid attacker Angel Correa has been called up to the Argentina squad for their friendlies against Italy and Spain, with Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala ignored again.
The call-up comes as something of a surprise given coach Jorge Sampaoli has not been dealt the blow of losing another player to injury.
Instead, he has opted to bolster his numerous attacking options with Correa, who has impressed in recent games for Atletico.
The forward scored the third in Atletico's 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on Sunday, before netting again and setting up a further two goals in their 5-1 Europa League thrashing of Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday.
It means Sampaoli has looked past Dybala and Icardi once again, having not called them up to his initial selection.
Argentina face Italy in Manchester on March 23, before then travelling to Correa's stomping ground at club level, the Wanda Metropolitano, for the clash with Spain four days later.
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres), Willy Caballero (Chelsea)
Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Federico Fazio (Roma), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton), Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax Amsterdam), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Fabricio Bustos (Independiente)
Midfielders: Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Leandro Paredes (Zenit St Petersburg), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain), Pablo Perez (Boca Juniors), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain)
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Diego Perotti (Roma), Lautaro Martinez (Racing Club)