Lionel Messi & Sergio Aguero headline Argentina squad for Copa America

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The 23-man Copa America squad announced by Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni was headed by Barcelona’s superstar Lionel Messi and the returning Sergio Aguero.

Also included was Paris Saint Germain winger Angel Di Maria, but there was no room for striker Gonzalo Higuain, who was borrowing from Juventus at Chelsea.

“These are the best players for the national team at an important time,” Scaloni said ahead of the Brazil-hosted tournament that starts on June 14.

In Group B, Argentina will play alongside Colombia, Paraguay and Qatar guests, hosts of the 2022 World Cup and current Asian champions.

Messi, who only returned in March to the Argentina squad after an eight-month absence after Russia’s World Cup, will turn 32 during the competition.

Di Maria, like Messi, made his post-World Cup return in March ahead of friends against Venezuela and Morocco, but Aguero from Manchester City hadn’t been called up to eventual champions France in Russia since Argentina’s 4-3 last 16 defeat.

Another high-profile omission was Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, who for the last two months has been left out of the line-up of the Italian team over a contract renewal dispute.

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