Argentina coach names his last 23

The list is headed by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

FILE: The list ia headed by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

JOHANNSBURG - Argentina's 23-player World Cup squad was announced by coach Alejandro Sabella, with the list headed by Barcelona's Lionel Messi but missing midfielder Ever Banega, Nicolás Otamendi and Jose Sosa.

Banega was left out after Sabella elected to side with Celta Vigo's Augusto Fernandez, who has recovered from injury.

Two-time world champions Argentina, who haven't been past the quarter-finals since the 1990 World Cup, will play debutants Bosnia in their Group F opener on 15 June.

The South Americans have also been drawn alongside Iran and African Cup of Nations champions Nigeria.

Argentina squad

Goalkeepers: Mariano Andújar (Catania/ITA), Agustín Orión (Boca Juniors), Sergio Romero (Monaco/FRA)

Defenders: José Basanta (Monterrey/MEX), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City/ENG), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica/POR), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City/ENG), Lisandro Lopez

Midfielders: Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan/ITA), Lucas Biglia (Lazio/ITA), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid/ESP), Augusto Fernández (Celta Vigo/ESP), Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona/ESP), Enzo Pérez (Benfica/POR), Maximiliano Rodríguez (Newll's Old Boys)

Forwards: Sergio Agüero (Manchester City/ENG), Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli/ITA), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan/ITA)