Lionel Messi's Argentina now World Cup's oldest squad as Enzo Perez replaces Manuel Lanzini

David Cooper 14/06/2018
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Following Enzo Perez’s late call-up to the Argentina World Cup squad, his side now boast the oldest team at a second World Cup in a row, with an average age of 29 years and six months.

The 32-year-old has taken the place of 25-year-old Manuel Lanzini who injured his knee. The River Plate midfielder’s inclusion takes Argentina past Costa Rica as the oldest squad by a single day.

Argentina also had the oldest squad in Brazil four years ago, when they finished as runners-up to Germany, with an average age of 28 years, 11 months and six days.

At 36, Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero is the eldest member of the squad, two years older than Javier Mascherano, while Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Pavon are Argentina’s youngest players, both 22.

Latin American sides account for the third and fourth oldest squads as well, in Mexico and Panama respectively, while Brazil are eighth out of the 32 teams.

At the other end of the scale, Nigeria, who will face Argentina in Group D, feature the youngest squad at an overall age of 25 years and 11 months.

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Spain midfielder Koke has warned his team to be careful against forward Cristiano Ronaldo, when they face Portugal in their first group stage game of the 2018 World Cup.

Koke believes “Ronaldo wins matches” and could pose a threat for Spain when the two sides meet.

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Pierluigi Collina will be eager to avoid any VAR controversy at the World Cup.

Veteran referee Pierluigi Collina has explained FIFA’s guidelines regarding VAR and how the use of the technology at the World Cup will be communicated to fans.

The system has come under scrutiny for leaving fans clueless and in the lurch while the referee views the screen.

Collina, the chairman of FIFA’s referees committee, says fans will get a message once the match referee’s final decision is made, and a clip of the incident will be replayed on the stadium’s screen.

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