Lionel Messi included in Argentina’s Copa America squad as Barcelona star eyes up redemption after 2016 heartbreak… but there is no place for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi
- Lionel Messi has been included in Argentina’s squad for 2019 Copa America
- The Barcelona star will want redemption after heartache in final three years ago
- Lionel Scaloni left Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi out of his 23-man squad
Barcelona star Messi will be looking for redemption at this year’s tournament, having missed a spot-kick as Argentina were defeated by Chile in the 2016 Copa America final via a shootout.
Lionel Messi has been included in Argentina’s squad for this summer’s Copa America
Argentina released their 23-man squad for the tournament in Brazil on Tuesday afternoon
The 31-year-old, who has never won an international trophy, announced his retirement after that defeat before reversing his decision less than two months later.
Messi has experienced severe heartache on the international stage, coming off second best in three Copa America finals and losing in the World Cup final against Germany back in 2014.
The forward, who has only represented his country on one occasion since the World Cup in Russia last summer, will hope he can help paint a different narrative this time.
One player who will be unable to have an impact Argentina’s hopes is Inter striker Icardi.
Messi will want redemption after missing in shootout loss to Chile in 2016 Copa America final
Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has not been included in the team after a frustrating season
Usually a regular in Argentina’s squad, the 26-year-old has this time been left disappointed, having been omitted due to an underwhelming campaign in Italy which was significantly interrupted by a contract dispute with his club.
Icardi still managed to net 17 times in 36 games in all competitions but has been overlooked with his team-mate Lautaro Martinez preferred instead.
Lionel Scaloni’s men host Nicaragua next month in a warm-up friendly for the tournament in Brazil.
Argentina have been drawn in Group B alongside Colombia, Paraguay and 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar.
ARGENTINA’S 23-MAN SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors), Franco Armani (River Plate), Agustin Marchesin (Club America)
Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Renzo Saravia (Racing), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Milton Casco (River Plate)
Midfielders: Angel Di Maria (PSG), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis), Leandro Paredes (PSG), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Exequiel Palacios (River Plate), Guido Rodriguez (Club America)
Forwards: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Matias Suarez (River Plate);
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