Messi joins Argentina for friendlies
18 August 2015, 10:34
Buenos Aires - Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who suffered more disappointment with Argentina in the Copa America last month, has been called up by national coach Gerardo Martino for friendlies against Bolivia and Mexico in September.
Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile on penalties a year after falling in the World Cup final to Germany.
Striker Carlos Tevez, who recently left Italian champions Juventus to play at home for Boca Juniors, has also been named in the 24-man squad along with three players from French champions Paris Saint-Germain - Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Defender Ramiro Funes Mori, the only player who did not feature in the Copa America, joins the squad having won the Copa Libertadores with River Plate.
Argentina play both games in the United States, against Bolivia on September 4 in Houston and against Mexico four days later in Dallas, before opening their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign against Ecuador on October 5 in Buenos Aires.
Sergio Romero (Manchester United/ENG), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres/MEX), Agustin Marchesin (Santos Laguna/MEX)
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City/ENG), Facundo Roncaglia (Genoa/ITA), Ezequiel Garay (Zenit St Petersburg/RUS), Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia/ESP), Milton Casco (Newell's Old Boys), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United/ENG), Ramiro Funes Mori (River Plate), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City/ENG)
Javier Mascherano (Barcelona/ESP), Ever Banega (Sevilla/ESP), Lucas Biglia (Lazio/ITA), Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Roberto Pereyra (Juventus/ITA), Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Angel Di Maria (Paris SG/FRA)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Sergio Agero (Manchester City/ENG), Carlos Tevez (Boca Juniors), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli/ITA), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA)