Messi leads Argentina squad for Italy friendly

Stefan Coerts
Goal.com
Messi leads Argentina squad for Italy friendly

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.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers

 


Mariano Andujar

Catania


Sergio Romero

Sampdoria


Oscar Ustari

Almeria


Defenders

 


Cristian Ansaldi

Rubin Kazan


Jose Basanta

Monterrey


Hugo Campagnaro

Inter


Fabricio Coloccini

Newcastle United


Federico Fernandez

Napoli


Ezequiel Garay

Benfica


Marcos Rojo

Sporting


Pablo Zabaleta

Manchester City


Midfielders

 


Ever Banega

Valencia


Lucas Biglia

Lazio


Angel Di Maria

Real Madrid


Augusto Fernandez

Celta Vigo


Erik Lamela

Roma


Javier Mascherano

Barcelona


Ricardo Alvarez

Inter


Attackers

 


Gonzalo Higuain

Napoli


Ezequiel Lavezzi

Paris Saint-Germain


Lionel Messi

Barcelona


Rodrigo Palacio

Inter