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Sergio Aguero back up for Argentina ahead of Copa America

Ale Moreno respects Lionel Messi for sticking with the national side, even with the intense criticism he faces from Argentinian fans.
Gonzalo Higuain's legacy with Argentina will be remembered for failing to rise to the occasion when silverware was on the line.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will be part of Argentina's provisional squad for the Copa America, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) announced on Wednesday. 

Aguero, who scored 21 Premier League goals in 33 appearances for Manchester City this season, had been in international exile since after last year's World Cup in Russia, when Argentina crashed out in the last 16.

The federation will submit its final 23-man selection for the tournament in two weeks.

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Aguero spearheaded Man City's Premier League charge and was on the scoresheet on Sunday when they wrapped up a second straight title with a 4-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.

Alongside Aguero, Barcelona great Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria were named to the squad. Other prominent names included were Juventus' Paulo Dybala and Inter Milan duo Lautaro Martinez and Mauro Icardi.

The Copa America, which will be held in Brazil between June 14 and July 7, will feature the 10 South American teams, as well as Qatar and Japan as guests.

Argentina, who have been coached by Scaloni since the departure of Jorge Sampaoli last year, will play in Group B alongside Colombia, Paraguay and Qatar.

The provisional squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors), Agustín Marchesin (Club America), Juan Musso (Udinese, Italia), Geronimo Rulli (Real Sociedad).

Defenders: Renzo Saravia (Racing Club), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Walter Kanemann (Gremio) Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal), Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Giovani Lo Celso (Betis), Exequiel Palacios (River Plate), Guido Rodriguez (Club America), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Matías Zaracho (Racing), Gonzalo Martínez (Atlanta United), Maximiliano Meza (Monterrey), Ivan Marcone (Boca Juniors).

Forwards: Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Matias Suarez (River Plate).

Information from Reuters was used in this report. 

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