Confirmed: Man City’s Alvarez named in Argentina’s Olympics squad

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Julian Álvarez has been named alongside four World Cup winners in Argentina’s 2024 Olympics football squad.

The country’s coach Javier Mascherano named the Manchester City star, including veteran Benfica defender Nicolás Otamendi, to Argentina’s squad for the Paris Olympics later this summer.

Lionel Messi, currently playing for Inter Miami, was not included after previously stating that participating in the Olympics would be “too much” given his busy schedule.

Messi, dealing with injuries this year, is competing alongside Álvarez and Otamendi in the Copa América, where Argentina aims to defend their 2021 title.

Julian Alvarez – Getty image

Mascherano, an Olympic gold medalist in 2004 and 2008, have also added goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli to his squad following the Copa América

Additionally, midfielder Claudio Echeverri, recently signed by Manchester City from River Plate, will join the team.

Argentina will play two friendlies in France before their Olympic tournament opener against Morocco on July 24.

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