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Official: Messi Recalled To Argentina Squad, But Other Big Names Snubbed!

Argentina have announced their squad to face Venezuela and Herve Renard's Morocco in their upcoming international friendlies, with Lionel Messi returning after his eight months sabbatical.

Click through the gallery to see the stars left out of Argentina’s latest squad!

The Albiceleste will play their first friendly against Venezuela on 22 March, while three days later they will take on African giants Morocco.

The biggest news coming out of the suqad announcement was the return of FC Barcelona superstar Messi for the first time since the 2018 World Cup.

The 31-year-old took a sabbatical from international football since a dissapointing World Cup last year, but will be welcomed back into the fold with open arms by coach Lionel Scaloni after eight months out.

"Messi has been called up and we will decide whether he plays one or two games," said Scaloni, as quoted by ESPN.

"He is playing a lot of games and physically all the players that come at this stage of the season are tired and would rather rest in the international window.

"He prefers to come and that is a very important step. I will take that decision (regarding how much he plays), not anyone else. We don't know yet."

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Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria was also recalled to the squad for the first time since the 2018 World Cup, while Domingo Blanco and Lisandro Martinez are among the new names in the squad, as are Club America midfielder Guido Rodriguez and Boca Juniors midfielder Ivan Marcone.

Here is Argentina's squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Agustin Marchesin, Juan Musso, Esteban Andrada, Franco Armani.

Defenders: German Pezzella, Gabriel Mercado, Juan Foyth, Nicolas Otamendi, Walter Kannemann, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Gonzalo Montiel, Renzo Saravia, Lisandro Martinez.

Midfielders: Leandro Paredes, Guido Rodriguez, Giovani Lo Celso, Manuel Lanzini, Roberto Pereyra, Angel Di Maria, Matias Zaracho, Ivan Marcone, Domingo Blanco, Rodrigo de Paul.

Forwards: Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Martinez, Paulo Dybala, Angel Correa, Lautaro Martinez, Dario Benedetto, Matias Suarez.

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What do you think of Argentina’s latest squad? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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