Possibly one of the more surprising teams to qualify for the World Cup this summer, Argentina put in a strong performance at the Copa América Femenina last year to finish third and give themselves a second chance of progressing via the play-offs.
Away from the World Cup for 12 years, the Albicelestes made sure to confirm their return sooner rather than later as they beat CONCACAF four-placed team, Panama 4-0 in the first leg in Buenos Aires.
With a team mostly playing at home in Argentina’s Campeonato de Fútbol Femenino (or Primera División A), bar a handful who play in the Spanish Liga Iberdrola, the team could struggle with the level this summer.
Up against a technically proficient Japan as well as two more physical teams in England and Scotland, it becomes a little tricky to see how Carlos Borrello can set his team up to succeed.
Goalkeepers: Vanina Correa (Rosario Central), Gabriela Garton (Sol de Mayo), Solana Pereyra (UAI Urquiza).
Defenders: Agustina Barroso (Madrid CFF), Gabriela Chávez (River Plate), Aldana Cometti (Sevilla), Virginia Gómez (Rosario Central), Natalie Juncos (Unattached), Adriana Sachs (UAI Urquiza), Eliana Stábile (Boca Juniors).
Midfielders: Estefanía Banini (Levante), Lorena Benítez (Boca Juniors), Ruth Bravo (Tacón), Mariela Coronel (Granada), Dalila Ippólito (River Plate), Miriam Mayorga (UAI Urquiza), Vanesa Santana (Logroño).
Attackers: Florencia Bonsegundo (Sporting Huelva), Sole Jaimes (Lyon), Mariana Larroquette (UAI Urquiza), Milagros Menéndez (UAI Urquiza), Yael Oviedo (Rayo Vallecano), Belén Potassa (UAI Urquiza).
The Albicelestes could have had a kinder draw this summer and will require some terrific performances to get out of the group or just avoid finishing rock bottom without a point.
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