The DT did not want to enter into controversy with the PSG player who had questioned his absence on the list for the debut in the Qualifiers. “The Selection belongs to everyone,” he retorted.
The technical director of the Argentine national team, Lionel Scaloni, assured that Ángel Di María, who was not called up for the start of the South American qualifiers, does not have the doors closed for the future.
“We don’t close the door on Di María or anyone else. Unlike, the Selection belongs to everyone. He has the doors open while we are in office, “said Scaloni after the harsh statements of the PSG player who had publicly asked for explanations for his absence on the list for the matches against Ecuador and Bolivia.
In an interview with the Cadena 3 radio station in Santa Fe, Scaloni lowered the tone of the matter, avoided controversy with the figure of Paris Saint Germain and did not rule out that he would be called up again in the future.
The day before, Di María had been angry at his absence and questioned the coach’s decision. “If I break my asshole at the club, it is to try to have a chance in the National Team and be able to compete. It is difficult to understand that being in a good moment I am not summoned, and they have not given me the explanation either”he said in an interview with Continental radio.
Di María did not appear on the list of 30 Argentine footballers who play abroad that Scaloni reported on Monday for the start of the Qualifiers.
Argentine soccer players will be added to that list and, according to the DT, they will be from the teams that “They compete at the South American level.”
Meanwhile, the coach referred to the start of the qualifiers for the World Cup in Qatar and warned that it will be a hard road.
“Anyone who thinks that Argentina is going to qualify quietly for the World Cup starts badly”, Scaloni warned, who also regretted the recess that caused the coronavirus pandemic.
“It simply came to our notice then it didn’t suit us because we were in a good moment to compete and play “, remarked the Santa Fe coach.
The national team has not competed since November last year when in a series of friendlies they beat Brazil (1-0) in Saudi Arabia and then drew with Uruguay (2-2) in Israel.
However, Scaloni celebrated that now the team “has a base”, something that did not exist when he took over from Jorge Sampaoli in September 2018.
After receiving Ecuador in La Bombonera, on October 8 at 9:10 p.m., Argentina will visit Bolivia at the height of La Paz.
“There is no chance of making a special preparation to play with Bolivia at the height. I played there and I know about the difficulties. We have an idea about it, but, for today, we are only thinking about the first game with Ecuador, “he said.
On the other hand, the DT also referred to the cases of Giovanni Reyna and Neal Maupay, two players with good performance in European football who have the possibility of obtaining Argentine nationality.
“Reyna and Maupay are eligible players but to ask them to be nationalized, you have to be convinced that you are going to use them and that they want to come. It is not worth ruining the possibility of playing for another team,” he clarified.
Reyna, whose grandfather is Argentine, is 17 years old and plays for Borussia Dortmund, while Maupay, who has his Argentine mother, is a scorer for Brighton, in the English Premier.