Argentina names provisional Copa America squad; strong Premier League contingent included

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English teams provide a powerful contingent of seven stars, as Argentina prepare their bid for Copa America success.

World Cup finalists Argentina head into the Copa America 2015 tournament, as one of the strong favourites, given the vast array of stars at their disposal.

Gerardo 'Tata' Martino will be counting on two of his former Barcelona charges, in the shape of Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano. With both on track to achieve a remarkable treble, in La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Champions League, they'll be just as hungry for Copa America glory with their national team.

Along with the two Barcelona stars, it's Valencia who provide the most players of any club in Spain, with Nicolas Otamendi, Lucas Orban and Enzo Perez, all called up by Martino. Former Valencia man, Ever Banega, who now plays for Sevilla, also features.

Whilst Spain's La Liga provides a total of six players, Italy's Serie A and the English Premier League, are the two strongest competitions represented, with seven players from each.

Of those from the Premier League, no fewer than five play for clubs in Manchester. City trio Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis and Sergio Aguero, are joined by United duo, Marcos Rojo and Angel Di Maria. They are accompanied by Tottenham's Erik Lamela and Swansea City's Federico Fernandez.

With such a strong selection of players to choose from, ahead of the tournament starting in host nation Chile, Martino will clearly have some tough decisions to make, before he trims this 30-man squad down to the final list of 23 players.

Here's the provisional Argentina squad in full:

Sergio Romero (Sampdoria)

Nahuel Guzman (Tigres)

Mariano Andujar (Napoli)

Agustin Marchesin (Santos Laguna)

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)

Facundo Roncaglia (Genoa)

Ezequiel Garay (Zenit)

Martin Demichelis (Manchester City)

Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia)

Federico Fernandez (Swansea City)

Marcos Rojo (Manchester United)

Milton Casco (Newell's)

Lucas Orban (Valencia)

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona)

Lucas Biglia (Lazio)

Ever Banega (Sevilla)

Roberto Pereyra (Juventus)

Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors)

Angel Di Maria (Manchester United)

Federico Mancuello (Independiente)

Enzo Perez (Valencia)

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur)

Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica)

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Carlos Tevez (Juventus)

Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain)

Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli)

Argentina commence their Copa America campaign on 13th June in Group B, with a challenging opening encounter against 2011 finalists, Paraguay. Their second match is no easier on 16th June, when they take on reigning champions, Uruguay. The final group match is arguably the easiest, as the Albicelestes take on Jamaica.

Should the Argentine team progress to the knock-out stages, the quarter-finals are scheduled between 24th and 27th June. The semi-finals are then set for the 29th and 30th June. The third place playoff is pencilled for 3rd July, whilst the final they'll be aiming to reach, takes place on 4th July.

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