There were no real surprises as Lionel Scaloni named his Argentina squad for the November friendlies against Brazil and Uruguay but two familiar faces returned as captain Lionel Messi and Sergio Agüero rejoined the ranks.
For all the last FIFA date before World Cup qualification begins in March, Argentina travel to Saudi Arabia to play Brazil on November 15th before taking on Uruguay in Israel four days later.
Messi hasn’t featured since his red card in the Copa América in which he then lambasted CONMEBOL for their alledged corruption but with the Barcelona star’s suspension served, Messi reclaims his place in Scaloni’s squad.
So too does Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero, who had not been fully fit for the previous international breaks and therefore not risked.
Scaloni though was eager to try out his first choice squad before the end of the year after a period of experimenting and looking at a host of options. Brazil and Uruguay will provide stern tests and financial reward for the AFA ahead of a hugely important 2020.