Messi wants Higuain playing for Argentina at the World Cup

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 7, 2017

Lionel Messi says that striker Gonzalo Higuain should be picked for Argentina's World Cup squad.

Higuain lost his place to Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi and Boca Juniors' Dario Benedetto for Argentina's final matches in the South American World Cup qualifiers under coach Jorge Sampaoli. "He has to be there because he is key". He is one of the best strikers in the world and he has shown that every week at Juventus. Although Higuain is a regular scorer at club level, he has rarely reproduced that same form on the worldwide stage, particularly in big matches.

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But Argentina skipper Messi said the former Real Madrid star has quality and his time away from the country's team has done him some world of good. They won the tournament in 1978 and 1986.

In an interview with local channel TyC Sports, broadcast on Wednesday, Messi describes Higuain as "a fundamental player, he needs to be there". I think this period off worldwide duty was good for him, though, as he has been able to focus on training and improving his fitness levels.

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