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| sbobet asia With the World Cup fast approaching, time is running out for Jorge Sampaoli to finalise his Argentina squad, writes Tom Robinson of World Football Index.
Tuesday's friendly against Spain, live on Sky Sports, will therefore serve as a golden opportunity for various players to stake a late claim for a place on the plane to Russia.
Chief among those is Racing's strike sensation Lautaro Martinez, who looks likely to make his national team debut in Madrid.
Compared to Sergio Aguero and set to make a big-money move to Inter Milan this summer, could Martinez be a dark horse to snatch a spot in Sampaoli's World Cup squad?
In theory, it seems a big ask to get into a team with such an abundance of attacking talent. However, Gonzalo Higuain has not always delivered in big games, Mauro Icardi failed to impress during qualifiers, and Paulo Dybala is seen as more of an understudy to Lionel Messi.
Throw in Martinez's recent form of 13 goals in his last 16 games and, with the momentum and public backing behind him, it suddenly doesn't look out of the question. sbobet asia
All in all, it has been quite a meteoric rise for the 20-year-old from Bahia Blanca.
Martinez grew up next to the Villa Mitre stadium and was a talented basketball player, but at 15 made the decision to follow in his father's footsteps and concentrate on a career in football.
It proved to be a wise decision. In 2014, Racing Club coach Fabio Radaelli noticed him in a training session and brought him to the capital to sign for the Buenos Aires giants.
Martinez scored 26 goals in as many games for Racing U17s and was fast-tracked to the reserves. He continued to impress and in October 2015 he made his senior league debut, symbolically coming off the bench to replace club legend Diego Milito. sbobet asia