Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Messi leads Argentina squad for Italy friendly

Manchester City star Sergio Aguero misses out through injury but there's a recall for Roma's Erik Lamela for next month's match versus Cesare Prandelli's team.

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has announced his 22-man squad for the upcoming international friendly against Italy, with Lionel Messi included in the party.

The Argentinians will have to make do without the services of the

injured Sergio Aguero when they take on the Euro 2012 finalist, while Juventus striker Carlos Tevez has again been left out.

Messi makes the cut for the clash on Aug. 14, as does Inter midfielder Ricky Alvarez and new Napoli signing Gonzalo Higuain, while Roma's Erik Lamela earns a recall to the squad.

Defenders Cristian Ansaldi and Jose Maria Basanta are two of the more surprising names in Sabella's squad for the Italy clash.