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Messi in Argentina squad for World Cup qualifiers

Lionel Messi. Credit: PA

Lionel Messi has been named in Argentina's squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers after reversing his decision to retire from international football.

The Barcelona star announced on Friday he loves Argentina "too much" to walk away from the national team, having announced his Albiceleste career was over following their penalty shoot-out loss to Chile in the Copa America final in June.

Following talks with new Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza, Messi was included in the squad to face Uruguay and Venezuela next month.

Messi, Argentina's captain and all-time record goalscorer with 55 goals, said: "I see there are many problems in Argentinian football and I don't intend to create another one.

"I don't want to cause any damage, I've always tried to do just the opposite, to help all that I can.

"We need to fix many things in Argentinian football, but I prefer to do this from inside and not criticise from outside."