Messi returns for Argentina

Superstar Lionel Messi has done an abrupt u-turn on his decision to retire from international football with Argentina after deciding he can help them out of their slump.

A frustrated Messi announced his retirement from international football after finishing as runners-up for the second year in a row at the Copa America.

However, the 29-year-old has now changed his mind and has been named in Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers squad to face Uruguay and Venezuela.

"I see that there are a lot of problems in Argentina football and I don't want to create more," he said in a statement. "I don't want to cause harm, on the contrary, my goal was to help in any way I could.

"There are many things that need to be fixed in Argentine football. But I prefer to help from inside rather than stand on the outside and criticise.

"A lot of things ran through my head on the day of the [Copa America] final. And I seriously considered leaving the team. But I love my shirt and my country too much.

"I want to thank all the fans who wanted me to keep playing for Argentina. I hope we can give them joy very soon."

Messi has been selected alongside Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Nicolas Otamendi, Manchester United duo Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo and Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori in new coach Edgardo Bauza's squad.