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Argentina call up Brighton youngster Mac Allister for the first time

Manager Lionel Scaloni has named an inexperienced panel featuring seven uncapped players and no Lionel Messi.

Alexis Mac Allister is on loan at Boca from Brighton.
Alexis Mac Allister is on loan at Boca from Brighton.
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ALEXIS MAC ALLISTER is one of seven uncapped players named in Argentina’s squad for upcoming friendlies against Chile and Mexico.

Lionel Scaloni has named a 27-man squad including Mac Allister, Leonardo Balerdi, Nicolas Figal, Lucas Martinez, Nicolas Dominguez, Lucas Ocampos and Adolfo Gaich.

Mac Allister, 20, is currently on loan at Boca Juniors from Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion. Then Seagulls manager Chris Hughton signed the attacking midfielder from Argentinos Juniors in January.

He is the son of Carlos Mac Allister, a former Argentina international who is of Scottish and Irish descent. 

Alexis’ brother Kevin Mac Allister is also currently at Boca, on loan from Argentinos Juniors. 

Argentina, who finished third at the Copa America, are without superstar Lionel Messi as the forward serves a suspension.

It is an inexperienced squad for the friendlies in September, with Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria among the players joining Messi in missing out.

Argentina face Chile in Los Angeles on 5 September before taking on Mexico in Texas five days later.

Argentina squad 

Goalkeepers: Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors), Franco Armani (River Plate), Agustin Marchesin (Porto)

Defenders: Leonardo Balerdi (Borussia Dortmund), Nicolas Figal (Independiente), Lucas Martinez (River Plate), Gonzalo Montiel (River Plate), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax)

Midfielders: Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Nicolas Dominguez (Velez Sarsfield), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham), Alexis Mac Allister (Boca Juniors), Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla), Exequiel Palacios (River Plate), Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Guido Rodriguez (America), Matias Zaracho (Racing Club)

Forwards: Joaquin Correa (Lazio), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Adolfo Gaich (San Lorenzo), Lautaro Martinez (Inter).

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