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Argentina hints at post-Messi era

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (AP) – Argentina’s squad for the two final rounds of South American World Cup qualifying shows coach Lionel Scaloni could be thinking about the future without Lionel Messi.

Franco and Valentín Carboni, Alejandro Garnacho, Nicolás Paz, Tiago Geralnik and Luka Romero are playing in youth divisions, but they were summoned by Argentina. Messi was also picked after missing the last two qualifying rounds this year.

Argentina faces Venezuela on March 25, and four days later Ecuador. The six youth division players either were born to Argentine families based in Europe or born in Argentina and started their careers abroad.

Argentina has already qualified for the World Cup in Qatar.

Lionel Messi fights off a challenge. PHOTO: AP

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