Tevez named for Argentina
Messi denies rift between the two
Last Updated: June 1, 2011 12:00pm
Tevez: Included in a Copa America squad that had looked set to be built around Messi
Carlos Tevez has been named in the Argentina squad for the Copa America despite doubts over his inclusion.
The Manchester City striker has been the centre of much debate surrounding the national side, with it being widely believed the 27-year-old would not appear at the tournament.
With the tournament taking place in Argentina, national coach Sergio Bastista faced a decision of whether to leave out Tevez after a reported falling-out with Lionel Messi.
Fresh from a stunning performance in the Champions League final, the Barcelona man denied that there had been a falling-out with Tevez, with both men now set to occupy the same squad as Argentina look to take their first Copa America win since 1993.
Messi said: "They've had me falling out with (Juan Roman) Riquelme, Carlitos (Tevez) and Diego Maradona.
"I don't have any problem with anyone, and Maradona has always spoken well of me - we're still in touch."
Copa America squad in full
Goalkeepers: Juan Pablo Carrizo, Sergio Romero and Mariano Andujar.
Defenders: Javier Zanetti, Pablo Zabaleta, Luciano Monzon, Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Pareja, Gabriel Milito and Nicolas Burdisso.
Midfielders: Enzo Perez, Javier Mascherano, Lucas Biglia, Javier Pastore, Fernando Gago, Ever Banega, Esteban Cambiasso, Angel Di Maria and Diego Valeri.
Strikers: Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Diego Milito and Sergio Aguero.