Messi sets his eyes on Copa America title

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 19:01

Buenos Aires: Barcelona`s Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez of Manchester City spearhead Argentina`s 26-man squad announced on Wednesday for next month`s Copa America.

Tevez figures in the list despite complaining that he had been left out of his country`s 4-2 friendly win against Paraguay last weekend.

Only four of coach Sergio Batista`s squad are based in Argentina, which is hosting the July 1-24 competition.

Messi, fresh from guiding Barcelona to Champions League glory, has his sights firmly set on winning the event.
"I`m raring to go," Messi said after touching down here from Spain on Tuesday.

"I was lucky enough to win everything with Barcelona and on an individual level, and now my goal is to play in and win the Copa America with Argentina."

Messi was instrumental in Barca`s 3-1 victory over Manchester United at Wembley last Saturday, scoring the second goal as the Catalan giants dominated the English champions.

And he will be looking to turn around Argentina`s terrible run in the Copa America, a tournament they have not won since 1993 in Ecuador.
Argentina squad

Goalkeepers : Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar/NED), Juan Pablo Carrizo (River Plate), Mariano Andujar (Catania/ITA)

Defenders: Gabriel Milito (Barcelona/ESP), Ezequiel Garay (Real Madrid/ESP), Nicolas Burdisso (Roma/ITA), Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan/ITA), Nicolas Pareja (Spartak Moscow/RUS), Marcos Rojo (Spartak Moscow/RUS), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City/ENG), Fabian Monzon (Boca Juniors/ARG)

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona/ESP), Lucas Biglia (Anderlecht/BEL), Ever Banega (Valencia/ESP), Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan/ITA), Javier Pastore (Palermo/ITA), Diego Valeri (Lanus), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid/ESP), Enzo Perez (Estudiantes de La Plata).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid/ESP), Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid/ESP), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli/ITA), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City/ENG), Diego Milito (Inter Milan/ITA)

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First Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 19:01

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