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27.01.2009 19:43

Maradona selects Messi


Leo Messi has been named in the Argentina squad for the friendly with France on February 11. This could mark Messi’s debut under Diego Maradona.

After not being included in Diego Armando Maradona’s side for the game in Scotland last November, Leo Messi will be in the side that lines up against France on February 11 in Marseille. Meanwhile, Alves has been named in the Brazil squad.

20 called up

messi_argentina.jpgLeo Messi is one of a squad of 20 announced today by Maradona. The others are Carrizo (Lazio), Romero (AZ Alkmaar), Zanetti, Burdisso, Samuel (Inter Milan), Demichelis (Bayern Munich), Heinze, Gago (Real Madrid), ‘Cata' Díaz (Getafe), Jonás Gutiérrez (Mallorca), Agüero, Maxi Rodríguez (Atlético Madrid), Luis González, Lisandro (Oporto), Mascherano (Liverpool), Lavezzi, Denis (Napoli), Di María (Benfica) and Tévez (Manchester United).

No midweek football

The game is being played on a week where there are no club games in Spain. Before the game in France, Barça will have played Sporting Gijón at the Camp Nou and the weekend after they travel to face Betis.
Maradona selects Messi
Possible Barça duel
The game at the Stade Vèlodrome could well have further Barça interest. If manager Raymond Domènech picks Thierry Henry and Éric Abidal things could get interesting, especially with Abidal and Messi going face to face down the French left wing.

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