Former Argentina boss Menotti: “Messi should not be called up”

Former Argentina coach César Luis Menotti has been outspoken on the Barcelona striker's call-up by current boss Lionel Scaloni.

El director de Selecciones Nacionales volvió a repetir el mensaje de unos días sobre la convocatoria de la estrella argentina. Dejó mensajes contundentes.

Argentina World Cup winning manager César Luis Menotti once again reiterated in his interview with Fox Sports that: "Lionel Messi should not be called up to the national team". He stated that if these forthcoming friendly games are an opportunity for new talent to be tested then the presence by the likes of Messi was unnecessary. He added that the ongoing debate generated by Messi in the Albiceleste shirt produces nothing more than "emotional wear and tear".

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (C) and teammates attend a training session at the Real Madrid's training facilities of Valdebebas in Madrid

Menotti also affirmed that Agüero's absence was due to a consensual footballing nature and the City player was an excellent talent.

The former Atleti and Barça coach went on stating that the forthcoming friendly games against Venezuela and Morocco had little football merit but were being staged merely as business ventures.

He finished the interview after being asked about the current national team coach Lionel Scaloni with Menotti stating that "he's being evaluated closely and he's most aware of that".