Former Wigan striker beats Carlos Tevez to place in World Cup squad

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Franco Di Santo has been selected by Argentina manager Alejandro Sabella in his 30-man preliminary World Cup squad.

Tottenham Hotspur's £30 million man Erik Lamela did not make the cut when Alejandro Sabella named his 30-man preliminary squad for the World Cup, but that didn't come as too much of a surprise following a lacklustre season.

What did come as a surprise was that former Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez didn't make the squad following an impressive first season at Juventus. He has scored 19 goals from 29 starts in Serie A this season, as the Turin outfit romped to another league title.

Sabella has not favoured Tevez during his time as Argentina manager and even though he has a plethora of world-class strikers to choose from it is still surprising not to see Tevez named. The striker has won 64 caps during his career scoring 13 goals.

Among the strikers named are of course Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi but rather surprisingly Franco Di Santo.

The former Wigan Athletic and Chelsea striker has spent the last season at Wolfsburg since leaving The Latics following their relegation from the Premier League. He has scored four goals and made four assists in the Bundesliga, but his performances overall have warranted a place in the squad according to Sabarella.

Di Santo only has three caps to his name but Sabarella is clearly a fan of his. He will do well to make it into the final 23 however as he has some of the best attackers in the world for company. Sabarella is unlikely to take more than five strikers, and the aforementioned plus Rodrigo Palacio all stand a better chance than Di Santo for now.

However he could offer a different option for Argentina with Di Santo often being used as a target man. That would go against the philosophy of Argentinian football but could be an option for a plan B if all else is failing. Di Santo is 6 ft 4 in and could be the perfect partner for Messi.

 

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