Lionel Messi and Tottenham’s Erik Lamela named in Argentina squad

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The national captain will not take a break from national duty, while the out-of-form Spurs man is also included.

Both Lionel Messi and Tottenham attacker Erik Lamela have been named in Argentina’s latest squad to face Bolivia and Mexico next month, as per Goal.

The Albiceleste finished as runners-up to Chile in the summer’s Copa America competition, with captain Messi receiving a significant amount of criticism in his homeland in the aftermath of the disappointment.

Talk that the four-time Ballon d’Or winner would request to take a break from national duty circulated, but the Barcelona star has again been named captain of the Argentina contingent.

Spurs midfielder Lamela has also been selected by national coach Tata Martino, despite the former Roma man not showcasing his best form of late.

The River Plate youth graduate came off the bench in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Stoke at the weekend, replacing Harry Kane, but failed to impress in another underwhelming performance.

Given Lamela not living up to his billing at White Hart Lane over recent years, a section of the club’s fans have urged the club to cash in on the attacking midfielder.

Nevertheless, the attacker has been included in the Argentina squad for next month’s fixtures. The squad in full, as per Goal:

Goalkeepers: Romero, Guzman, Marchesin

Defenders: Zabaleta, Demichelis, Roncaglia, Garay, Otamendi, Rojo, Casco

Midfielders: Mascherano, Funes Mori, Banega, Biglia, Pastore, Di Maria, Lamela, Pereyra, Gago

Forwards: Messi, Aguero, Tevez, Higuain, Lavezzi

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