FIFA World Cup Squads: Group D

Group D


Argentina

Coach: Jorge Sampaoli

Star player: Lionel Messi

World Cup best: Winners 1978, 1986

How they got here: A nervy qualification campaign saw one of world football’s great powers book their place at the last opportunity with victory over Ecuador but the losing finalists in 2014 will be looking to go one better.

Squad news: 

  • Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United F.C.), Willy Caballero (Chelsea F.C.), Franco Armani (Club Atlético River Plate)
  • Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla FC), Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune F.C.), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Federico Fazio (A.S. Roma), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Tagliafico (AFC Ajax), Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino F.C.)
  • Midfielders: Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United F.C.), Maximiliano Meza (Club Atlético Independiente), Lucas Biglia (A.C. Milan), Ever Banega (Sevilla FC), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Eduardo Salvio (S.L. Benfica)
  • Forwards: Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus).

Iceland

Coach: Heimir Hallgrimsson

Star player: Gylfi Sigurdsson

World Cup best: Debut

How they got here: The smallest nation by population ever to qualify for the World Cup finals, Iceland followed up their Euro 2016 heroics by topping a group featuring Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey.

Squad news: 

  • Goalkeepers: Hannes Halldorsson (Randers), Runar Alex Runarsson (Nordsjaelland), Frederik Schram (Roskilde);
  • Defenders: Ari Freyr Skulason (Lokeren), Hordur B. Magnusson (Bristol City), Ragnar Sigurdsson (Rostov), Kari Arnason (Aberdeen), Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson (Levski Sofia), Sverrir Ingi Ingason (Rostov), Birkir Mar Saevarsson (Valur), Samuel Kari Fridjonsson (Valerenga).
  • Midfielders: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton), Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City), Emil Hallfredsson (Udinese), Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley), Olafur Ingi Skulason (Karabukspor), Arnor Ingvi Traustason (Malmo), Rurik Gislason (Sandhausen)
  • Forwards: Alfred Finnbogason (Augsburg), Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson (Rostov), Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Reading), Albert Gudmundsson (PSV).

Croatia

Coach: Zlatko Dalic

Star player: Luka Modric

World Cup best: Third place 1998

How they got here: Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic make for one of the best creative midfields in the tournament but they have failed to make it out of their group on their last three appearances since reaching the semi-finals at France 98.

Squad news: 

  • Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo), Karlo Letica (Hajduk)
  • Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Matej Mitrovic (Brugge), Borna Barisic (Osijek), Zoran Nizic (Hajduk), Duje Caleta-Car (Salzburg), Borna Sosa (Dinamo)
  • Midfielders: Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic (both Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Marko Rog (Napoli), Mario Pasalic (Spartak Moscow), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka)
  • Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter), Nikola Kalinic (Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht), Duje Cop (Standard Liege), Ivan Santini (Caen)

Nigeria

Coach: Salisu Yusuf

Star player: Victor Moses

World Cup best: Second round 1994, 1998, 2014

How they got here: A very impressive qualifying campaign booked Nigeria’s place in Russia. The Super Eagles have only missed one of the last seven tournaments but 2014’s victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina was their first since 1998.

Squad news: 

  • Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Ifeanyi Ubah F.C.), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo de La Coruña), Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United F.C. )
  • Defenders: William Ekong (Bursaspor), Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion), Olaoluwa Aina (Chelsea), Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea), Bryan Idowu (FC Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto), Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge K.S.V.), Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag), Stephen Eze (PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv)
  • Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin TEDA F.C.), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva F.C.), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City F.C.), Uche Agbo (Standard Liège), Oghenekaro Etebo (UD Las Palmas), Joel Obi (Torino F.C.), Mikel Agu (Bursaspor)
  • Forwards: Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai F.C.), Ahmed Musa (Leicester City), Victor Moses (Chelsea F.C.), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal F.C.), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City F.C.), Moses Simon (K.A.A. Gent , Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars), Simeon Nwankwo (F.C. Crotone).
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