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Messi left out of Argentina squad for friendly

KAZAN, RUSSIA - JUNE 30: Gabriel Mercado of Argentina celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with team mates Lionel Messi;Angel Di Maria and Cristian Pavon during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between France and Argentina at Kazan Arena on June 30, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Lionel Messi and several other veteran players were left out of the Argentina squad Friday ahead of friendly games against Guatemala and Colombia.

Argentina’s interim coach Lionel Scaloni did not call up Messi, who is reportedly considering his international future after another frustrating World Cup.

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria of Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan loan signing Gonzalo Higuain were also left out by Scaloni.

Argentina plays against Guatemala on Sept. 7 in Los Angeles and Colombia in New Jersey four days later.

Scaloni chose more than twenty new faces, including young players like Boca Juniors striker Cristian Pavon and Giovanni Simeone of Italian club Fiorentina.

The squad includes Mauro Icardi, the Inter Milan striker who was omitted from the World Cup by former coach Jorge Sampaoli.

Argentina was eliminated from the World Cup in the second round by eventual winners France.

Messi, who turned 31 during his fourth and possibly final World Cup, again failed to score in the knockout stages of the competition.

The Argentine Football Association has yet to announce a permanent replacement for Sampaoli.