Messi, Aguero, Di Maria headline Argentina team for friendlies in USA
Argentina is bringing the calvary for its September friendlies in the USA.
The likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Angel Di Maria will lead Gerardo Martino's 24-man team against Bolivia at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Sept. 4 and against Mexico at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sept. 8.
Argentina will be taking to the field for the first time since coming up short in the Copa America final in Chile, falling in penalties and extending the celebrated soccer nation's lengthy trophy drought. La Albiceleste's 2018 World Cup qualifying run will begin in Buenos Aires against Ecuador on Oct. 5.
Here is Argentina's squad in full:
GOALKEEPERS: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Nahuel Guzmán (Tigres), Agustín Marchesin (Santos Laguna)
DEFENDERS: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Facundo Roncaglia (Genoa), Ezequiel Garay (Zenit St Petersburg), Nicolás Otamendi (Valencia), Milton Casco (Newell's Old Boys), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Ramiro Funes Mori (River Plate), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City)
MIDFIELDERS: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur), Roberto Pereyra (Juventus), Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Ángel Di María (Paris Saint-Germain)
FORWARDS: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City), Carlos Tévez (Boca Juniors), Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain)