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19-Sep-2020, 10:10 am

Messi selected in Argentina's World Cup qualifier squad

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Lionel Messi headlines Argentina's preliminary 30-man squad for next month's CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Bolivia.

Now, Lionel Scaloni's Argentina – who have not played since November – will kick-off their campaign against Ecuador in Buenos Aires on October 8 before travelling to Bolivia five days later.

Argentina and Barcelona captain Messi is joined in the preliminary squad by Juventus star Paulo Dybala and Inter forward Lautaro Martinez.

Uncapped duo Facundo Medina and Nehuen Perez have also been included, while former Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez could make his debut after completing a move to Aston Villa.

Messi's international future has been topic of interest since he retired from the national team after the 2016 Copa America final loss to Chile, before reversing his decision soon after.

Goal has learned Messi is convinced that the 2021 Copa America can bring his wait for major honours with Argentina to a close , with the Barcelona superstar is excited by another shot at international glory.

Despite boasting the most distinguished of CVs at club level – one that includes 10La Ligatitles and fourChampions Leaguecrowns – senior silverware with his country has eluded a six-time Ballon d’Or winner.

A gold medal was secured at the 2008 Olympics, to go with an U20 World Cup win in 2005, but that is as good as it has got for Messi when turning out for the Albiceleste.

Messi believes in thework being carried out by Lionel Scaloniand the Albiceleste coaching team and feels absolute trust can be shown in those calling the shots.

Scaloni has been at the helm since a disappointing showing under Jorge Sampaoli at the 2018 World Cup delivered a last-16 defeat at the hands of eventual winnersFrance.

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