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Argentina's coach cuts four from national team


BUENOS AIRES, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Argentina's national team coach, Alejandro Sabella, cut four footballers from his 2014 Brazil World Cup lineup Wednesday, including Lisandro Lopez, Fabian Rinaudo, Franco Di Santo and Gabriel Mercado.

Sabella needs to pare down his provisional 30-member lineup to a definitive 23-man team by June 2, 10 days before the World Cup kicks off.

The four players who didn't make the cut, Mercado (River Plate/ Argentina), Lopez (Getafe/Spain), Rinaudo (Catania/Italy) and Di Santo (Werder Bremen/Germany), will be sent home before the team begins training next week at an Argentine Football Association facility in Ezeiza, on the outskirts of the capital Buenos Aires.

The squad:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Monaco/France), Mariano Andujar ( Catania/Italy), Agustin Orion (Boca Juniors/Argentina);

Defenders: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City/England), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter/Italy), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica/Portugal), Federico Fernandez (Napoli/Italy), Nicolas Otamendi (Atletico Mineiro/Brazil), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City/England), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisboa/Portugal), Jose Maria Basanta ( Monterrey/Mexico);

Midfielders: Maximiliano Rodriguez (Newell's/Argentina), Augusto Fernandez (Celta de Vigo/Spain), Enzo Perez (Benfica/ Portugal), Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors/Argentina), Lucas Biglia ( Lazio/Italy), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona/Spain), Ever Banega ( Newell's/Argentina), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid/Spain), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter/Italy), Jose Sosa (Atletico Madrid/Spain);

Forwards: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/England), Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Spain), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli/Italy), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint Germain/France), Rodrigo Palac Io (Inter/ Italy).