"Obviously we want him to continue, but is not our decision," Argentina midfielder Paulo Dybala said of interim boss Lionel Scaloni staying on.
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It was a disappointing display against Argentina's fluid attack, but the rare road test gives Mexico plenty to build on.
A first-half header from Ramiro Funes Mori and a second-half own goal from Isaac Brizuela gave Argentina a 2-0 win over Mexico on Friday.
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"I [believe] that [Messi] will return to the national team, but it isn't a topic we have touched on and that we are thinking about," Scaloni said.
The tournament will take place on the 100th anniversary of the first World Cup in Uruguay in 1930.
"Personally, it would've great to play against him," the Mexico defender said of Messi, who continues his absence from the Argentina squad.
The 26-year-old Tottenham winger's last international appearance came in September 2016, a month before a hip problem sidelined him for over a year.
The surprising decision to play two friendlies in Argentina will test a young side that still faces an uncertain managerial situation.
Argentina will not rush Lionel Messi's return to the national team but will allow him to "finish chewing the disappointment of the World Cup."
Hirving Lozano was due to meet the squad in Cordoba ahead of Friday's first match against Argentina, but will miss both matches for Mexico.
Lamela, who has 23 caps, last played for the national side against Venezuela in a World Cup qualifier in 2016.
Argentina celebrated the 58th birthday of Diego Maradona on Wednesday by unveiling a bronze statue that recreates his famous goal against England.
Atlanta United announced that coach Tata Martino won't be returning next year, opening the door for the Argentine to manage Mexico or Argentina.
Diego Maradona made headlines when he appeared to criticise Lionel Messi's extreme nerves that see him vomit before and during games.
Diego Maradona's surgeon says the Argentine soccer great has no cartilage left in his knees due to severe osteoarthritis and will need prostheses.
Brazil and Argentina are at very different stages of development, which is why the Selecao should be concerned by the manner of their narrow win.
A stoppage-time goal from Miranda gave Brazil a 1-0 win over South American rivals Argentina in a foul-laden friendly in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
When it comes to pizza prepared by one of the world's best dough tossers, Lionel Messi knows carbs don't count when they're consumed on holiday.
Lionel Messi has taken a break from the Argentina squad since captaining them to the round-of-16 at the World Cup.
With no competitive football on the horizon, Tuesday's friendly between Brazil and Argentina will give both nations a chance to experiment.
Argentina legend Diego Maradona says Lionel Messi is one player at his club Barcelona and another with the national side.
Argentina easily overcame Iraq 4-0 in a friendly in Saudi Arabia on Thursday with four players scoring their first senior international goals.
El Tri will travel to Argentina for friendlies Nov. 17 and 20, the federation confirmed on Wednesday.