Strong Argentina squad for Nigeria friendly in Dhaka

Lionel Messi in action against Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup
Messi faced Nigeria during the group phase of the 2010 World Cup - now he will be playing them in Bangladesh

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has named Barcelona star Lionel Messi in his squad for a friendly international against Nigeria next month.

Gonzalo Higuain and new Manchester City star Sergio Aguero are also in the party.

There is no place in the squad for City's unsettled star Carlos Tevez.

The game is being played in Bangladesh on 6 September, a few days after Nigeria's latest Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Madagascar.

The previous match between the two sides, in Abuja in June, is the subject of a Fifa investigation into suspicious betting patterns.

The world governing body has been unable to track down the referee for the match, Nigerien official Ibrahim Chaibou.

The Argentina squad for that game was a considerably weakened one but the line-up for the game in Bangladesh is much stronger.

Sabella has also named a parallel squad of home-based players for two games against Brazil in September.

The team for the Nigeria match, and for one against Venezuela in India, is largely made up of European-based players.

Argentina squad for friendlies against Venezuela and Nigeria:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria, Italy), Mariano Andujar (Catania, Italy), Esteban Andrada (Lanus)

Defenders: Martin Demichelis (Malaga, Spain), Federico Fernandez (Napoli, Italy), Nicolas Burdisso (Roma, Italy), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica, Portugal), Nicolas Otamendi (Porto, Portugal), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City, England), Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle United, England), Cristian Ansaldi (Rubin Kazan, Russia), Nicolas Pareja and Marcos Rojo (both Spartak Moscow, Russia)

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona, Spain), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid, Spain), Ever Banega (Valencia, Spain), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan, Italy), Fabian Rinaudo (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal), Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Lucho Gonzalez (Marseille, France), Jose Sosa (Metalist, Ukraine)

Strikers: Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Spain), Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid, Spain), Eduardo Salvio (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, England), Lisandro Lopez (Lyon, France)

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