Although there has not yet been an official announcement, everything is pointing to Lionel Messi being included in new Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza’s first squad list for the World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela.
Although the 58-year-old coach is still managing Sao Paulo – his final match will take place this Thursday evening against Atletico Mineiro – he is already thinking about La Albiceleste, as he has to announce his first squad on August 15.
According to Argentinian sports newspaper Ole, the Barcelona No.10’s name will be on that list despite announcing his retirement from international football this summer, with Bauza set to fly out to Catalunya in the coming week to confirm the player’s participation.
“I am imagining a national team which includes Messi,” he has said since taking over the role.
“We’re going to chat and see if he can continue with the commitment he has already shown to the national team.”
The new coach has also insisted that the 29-year-old would remain captain if he does return.
“He is the captain as he has earned it,” he said.
“I don’t see why he wouldn’t continue being so.”
Messi is currently preparing for the 2016/17 season with his Barcelona teammates, with Saturday’s friendly match against Liverpool at Wembley next on his schedule.