Argentina are hoping to win over Alejandro Garnacho to their international cause after naming him in their preliminary squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Garnacho, 17, is one of seven uncapped teenagers named by Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni, despite being capped previously by Spain at under-18 level, with his parents born in Argentina.

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Argentina are hoping Garnacho will accept the call, and there is growing excitement in the South American nation about the promising Manchester United youngster.

Garnacho has scored 14 goals in all competitions for United’s academy teams this season, including four in the FA Youth Cup.

As a player virtually nobody in Argentina had heard of prior to the call-up, there has been plenty written about Garnacho in the country’s media to bring readers up to speed on who he is.

Excitement builds around Garnacho

Argentine newspaper La Nacion wrote: “His speed is impressive. The scoring voracity enchants. In Europe they fought for him and Manchester United won at arm’s length. Spanish document, but with Argentine blood. Barely 17 years old and a projection impossible to measure.

“Garnacho is a talent in full development, and with incredible projection, which is why Scaloni does not want to let him escape.”

The newspaper reports that while Garnacho has not publicly responded to the call, his girlfriend posted on social media to say he was proud of him, and also claim the United youngster ‘has shown interest’.

Marca Argentina report: “He is a player with great production and records in the offensive field.” talked up his impressive United performance in the FA Youth Cup, sharing videos of his goals, in particular praising the one against Everton in which he ran 80 metres with the ball to score a terrific counter attacking strike.

Unhappiness in Spain

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The call for Garnacho has not gone down too well in Spain, with Real Madrid starlet Nico Paz, 17, also called into the Albiceleste squad.

Marca report an unnamed Spanish official has said they won’t fight for Garnacho, instead the ball is his court.

The official said: “Whoever wants to play with Spain has to prove it.”

Garnacho’s decision does not quite have to be final. FIFA rules allow a player to switch nationality if they play three times or less for one country before turning 21, to switch to another afterwards – providing none of those appearances came at the World Cup finals.

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