Selecting an Argentina XI from World Cup Absentees

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Selecting an Argentina XI from World Cup Absentees
Julian Rojas Ocana/Associated Press

Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Pablo Zabaleta. The talent that Argentina will have on display at the 2014 World Cup is awe-inspiring. Coach Alejandro Sabella named a strong preliminary squad of 30, which will try and break a 28-year drought in the competition starting next month. 

The list certainly looks daunting for opponents, but could it have been even stronger? Inevitably, with a team with so many options, there were plenty of players left at home that could also have left their mark in Brazil. 

The best of those absent from Sabella's call-ups are brought together here, in a hypothetical best team the Albiceleste could put on the pitch. There are plenty of names that should be instantly familiar to any football fan.

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