Lionel Scaloni, Argentina’s interim coach, has left out Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi, out of upcoming friendly matches against Iraq and Brazil next month.
He also left out Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero and Paris Saint-Germain winger, Angel Di Maria.
The interim manager invited Tottenham Hotspur defender, Juan Foyth, and handed midfielders Rodrigo De Paul of Udinese, and Watford’s Roberto Pereyra, their first national team call-ups.
Scaloni, who is in charge of the Albiceleste until the end of the year, is said to be keen on testing new players.
With Messi’s future with national the team still uncertain, his exclusion does not come as a surprise, after Scaloni recently said that he wouldn’t invite the five-time Ballond’Or winner for the matches.
However, Claudio Tapia, the Argentina Football Federation president, said he fully expects Messi to stil play for the national team.
Messi was left frustrated after having another dismal World Cup performance in Russia. He scored only one goal, and missed a penalty at the mundial.
He had hinted before the tournament, that he could quit the national team if Argentina fail to win the trophy they last won in 1986.
Argentina will face Iraq on October 11, and play Brazil five days later during the October FIFA free window.