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Argentina confirm Lionel Messi will start against Venezuela

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The Barcelona captain is back in international action

France v Argentina: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni confirmed on Thursday that Lionel Messi will start Friday’s friendly against Venezuela at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Messi has not played for his country since the 2018 World Cup, but he is back in the squad and straight back in the team.

Scaloni named his starting XI for the game in Madrid in his pre-match press conference.

He also spoke about his delight at seeing Messi back with the national team after a lengthy break from international duty.

“It is a great joy to see Messi back. In spite of my youth I have the chance to train him,” he said.

”I have to try to make the team work with him and give the best of itself.

”Let’s hope that with Messi’s return the team gets even better.”

Source | Goal

Messi’s been in brilliant form for Barca again this season, and Argentina will be hoping he can replicate that form, starting on Friday.