Lanzini named in Argentina Olympic squad

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Manuel Lanzini has been named in Argentina’s squad for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Lanzini, who has previously been capped at U20 level by his country, will link up with the U23 selection as Argentina go for Gold in Brazil.
Argentina have a proud record at the Olympic Games, having won Gold twice and Silver twice from their seven participations.
They have been triumphant on their last two appearances – in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.
Lanzini made his move to the Hammers permanent this summer following a superb season on loan from UAE side Al-Jazira Club and will now hope to shine for his country on the Olympic stage.
He joins four other European based players in Julio Olarticoechea’s squad, alongside Real Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli, Joaquin Correa of Sampdoria and Atletico Madrid duo Angel Correa and Luciano Vietto.
Argentina's campaign gets underway against Portugal on 4 August, with further group games against Algeria and Honduras to follow.
Lanzini will become the second Olympian in the Hammers’ squad, after Cheikhou Kouyate represented Senegal in the 2012 London Games.