Messi Returns To Argentina Team After Eight-Month Absence

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Updated March 7, 2019
Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi (L) gestures next to assistant coach Lionel Scaloni during a training session at the team’s base camp in Bronnitsy, near Moscow, on June 11, 2018, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament.  JUAN MABROMATA / AFP


Lionel Messi was named in the Argentina squad Thursday for the first time since the World Cup, ending a self-imposed eight-month absence.

Interim coach Lionel Scaloni named the five-time World Player of the Year in his squad for the friendlies against Venezuela and Morocco.

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The Barcelona star hasn’t pulled on the light blue and white national team jersey since Argentina were dumped out of the World Cup last June by eventual winners France.