Manchester United youngster Alejandro Garnacho is closing in on his international debut.
Alejandro Garnacho has received his third international call-up. This time he hopes to finally make his debut.
Just over a year ago he was called into an expanded and experimental Argentina squad, where he trained with the seniors, before actually playing for the under-20s.
After missing out on the World Cup, he was called into the squad this past March – and then suffered an ankle ligament injury.
Alejandro Garnacho set for Argentina debut
Alejandro Garnacho is in the Argentina squad for their upcoming friendly fixtures against Australia and Indonesia later this month.
While better for Manchester United for the teenager to get a rest, the chance to play for his country is one he has been waiting for, and one he deserves.
His Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni has confirmed he plans to give Garnacho playing time, and is looking forward to working with the teenager.
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Scaloni was quoted via Ole: “Let him come, let him fit into the group, we’ll analyse if he’ll play from the start or add minutes, but he’s exciting like other guys we have.
“I hope he fits in well with the group.”
It’s quite possible Garnacho is on the bench against Australia and then starts the second game against Indonesia, but that’s a decision up to Scaloni, and will also be based around the other players he has at his disposal.
From this September, Argentina begin their qualifying campaign for the 2026 World Cup, facing Ecuador and Bolivia.
Scaloni will be using the June games to experiment, before the serious business starts. Garnacho will be looking to make the most of his opportunities, and try and ensure he gets called up later this year.
Getting on the pitch is the first step. After Scaloni’s comments, it is looking promising.