coach Gerardo Martino named a full-strength squad for his team’s September friendlies against Bolivia and Mexico.

Lionel Messi Named In Argentina Squad For September Friendlies
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Lionel Messi, , Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez were included in Martino’s 24 man squad on Monday, Xinhua reported.

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Media reports had suggested Messi might miss the matches after being criticised for his performance in Argentina’s Copa America final loss to Chile last month.

Martino told journalists after the match that he would have stopped playing for Argentina “a long time ago” if he were Messi, due to the constant criticism levelled at him.

The Albiceleste will meet Bolivia in Houston on September 4 and Mexico in Dallas four days later.

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Argentina squad:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchcester United), Nahuel Guzman (Club Tigres).

Defenders: (Santos Laguna), (Manchester City), (Genoa), Ezequiel Garay (Zenit), Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Milton Casco (Newell’s Old Boys), (Manchester City).

Midfielders: Ramiro Funes Mori (River Plate), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Ever Banega (Sevilla), (Lazio), Javier Pastore (PSG), (Tottenham Hotspur), Roberto Pereyra (Juventus), (Boca Juniors), Angel Di Maria (PSG).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Carlos Tevez (Boca Juniors), (Napoli), Ezequiel Lavezzi (PSG).