Messi, Tevez join Argentina for friendlies
Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who suffered more disappointment with Argentina in the Copa America last month, has been called up by national coach Gerardo Martino for friendlies against Bolivia and Mexico in September.
Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile on penalties a year after falling in the World Cup final to Germany.
Striker Carlos Tevez, who recently left Italian champions Juventus to play at home for Boca Juniors, has also been named in the 24-man squad along with three players from French champions Paris Saint-Germain — Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Defender Ramiro Funes Mori, the only player who did not feature in the Copa America, joins the squad having won the Copa Libertadores with River Plate.
Argentina play both games in the United States, against Bolivia on September 4 in Houston and against Mexico four days later in Dallas, before opening their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign against Ecuador on October 5 in Buenos Aires.