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Argentina name 23-man provisional squad for the 2024 Olympics as two Premier League stars not included

Argentina name 23-man provisional squad for the 2024 Olympics as two Premier League stars not included

Argentina have named a 23-man initial squad - with one key player missing out.

Argentina have named their provisional squad for this summer's Olympics football tournament - with no Premier League players included at this stage.

Football will be held in Paris from July 24 to August 10 this year, with 16 teams playing in the men's tournament and 12 teams in the women's competition.

Only five nations - France, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and the United States - are fielding teams in both tournaments.

For the men's competition, squad selection is largely limited to players under the age of 23, although three overage players can be picked.

Hosts France led the way on Monday morning, with coach Thierry Henry naming his 25-man squad that included Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette and Crystal Palace star Jean-Philippe Mateta.

Mateta's club team-mate Michael Olise was also named in the squad, alongside PSG's Warren Zaire-Emery and Lille wonderkid Leny Yoro.

Now, Argentina and coach Javier Mascherano have followed suit with a 23-man squad that will be used for the warmup matches - with the catch being that they are yet to name their overage players.

The main headline is that Chelsea midfielder Enzo Fernandez and Manchester United forward Alejandro Garnacho are not selected, even though they are both eligible to be named as under-23 players.

Fernandez is expected to miss out following his participation in the Copa America this summer, after which he will return to Chelsea.

It was initially claimed in Argentina that United would block Garnacho from playing, although the Manchester Evening News reported that was not the case and that a mutual decision would be made about his involvement. It is unclear whether the 19-year-old will be added at a later date.

Argentina's Olympics warmup squad (

Headlining the pre-Olympics squad is Atlanta United midfielder Thiago Almada, while Porto defender Alan Varela is also named.

Reports have claimed that both Benfica veteran Nicolas Otamendi and Manchester City star Julian Alvarez are set to be named as Argentina's overage players.

Aston Villa's Emiliano Martinez set to be the third - although the Villans are yet to make a definitive decision on his involvement.

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Topics: Argentina, Olympics, Football, Chelsea, Manchester United, Enzo Fernandez, Alejandro Garnacho