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Messi will play for Argentina once again

Leo Messi has announced his decision to continue playing for the Argentina national team, and was announced in Edgardo Bauza’s first official squad.

The mercurial no.10 confirmed that he will remain part of the albiceleste setup via an official communique, declaring his desire to continue helping his nation.

“I do not want to create another problem, in fact the opposite. Many things need to be fixed in Argentinian football, but I prefer to do so from within,” Messi announced.

"Many things went through my head the day of the last final and I seriously thought of leaving, but I love this country and this shirt too much," he added.

That is why the new manager has selected Messi for the coming Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay (1 September) and Venezuela (6 September).

Latest Argentina squad

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Mariano Andújar (Estudiantes), Nahuel Guzmán (Tigres)

Defenders: Facundo Roncaglia (Celta), Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton), Emmanuel Mas (San Lorenzo), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Martín Demichelis (Espanyol), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City).

Midfielders: Matías Kranevitter (Atletico Madrid), Javier Mascherano (FC Barcelona), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Augusto Fernández (Atletico Madrid), Ever Banega (Inter), Javier Pastore (PSG), Erik Lamela (Tottenham), Nicolás Gaitán (Atletico Madrid), Ángel Di María (PSG).

Strikers: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Ángel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Lucas Pratto (Atlético Mineiro), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Lucas Alario (River).

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