Lionel Messi won’t leave Barcelona for the Sept. 11 game at MetLife. (Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports)
Sorry, there will be no Lionel Messi on the Argentina national team when it plays Colombia in an international friendly at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Sept. 11 at 8 p.m.
The team’s roster was released Friday.
Messi has performed at the stadium, his most memorable appearance was in the Copa America Centenario final in 2016, when the Argentines lost to Chile on penalty kicks. After the game, the Barcelona player said he was going to retire from international soccer, but he returned to play for Argentina in the 2018 World Cup.
Among the players who are on the roster are Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi and Paris St-Germain midfielder Giovani Lo Celso. None of those players have scored for Argentina yet.
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Gerónimo Rulli (Real Sociedad), Franco Armani (River Plate)
Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Marcos Acuña (Sporting), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal), Germán Pezzella (Fiorentina), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax), Walter Kannemann (Gremio), Alan Franco (Independiente), Leonel Di Plácido (Lanus), Fabricio Bustos (Independiente)
Midfielders: Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain), Franco Vázquez (Sevilla), Leandro Paredes (Zenit) Matías Vargas (Velez) Franco Cervi (Benfica), Santiago Ascacíbar (VfB Stuttgart), Rodrigo Battaglia (Sporting), Exequiel Palacios (River Plate), Gonzalo Martínez (River Plate)
Forwards: Cristian Pavón (Boca Juniors), Ángel Correa (Atlético de Madrid), Lautaro Martínez (Inter), Mauro Icardi (Inter), Giovani Simeone (Fiorentina), Paulo Dybala (Juventus)