Paulo Dybala. Getty Images

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi and Juventus playmaker Paulo Dybala were given a World Cup boost after being included in Argentina’s 35-man pre-selection squad for Russia 2018 on Monday.

The attacking duo have been named alongside captain Lionel Messi and the injured Sergio Aguero in head coach Jorge Sampaoli’s plans.

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Both Icardi and Dybala have seen their chances of making the final World Cup squad cast into doubt since Sampaoli left them out of the group for the international friendlies in March.

It has been suggested Dybala will be part of the 23-man party heading to Russia, despite his indifferent form in the latter part of the season, while Inter striker Icardi is not expected to be included.

A knee injury kept Aguero out of Manchester City’s last six games of the Premier League season, but it is expected he will be fully fit for the tournament.

Argentina are in Group B, which includes Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia