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Messi leads Argentina squad for Italy friendly

Goal.com

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
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