The City striker has said in a post-match interview that he would accept the decision if he was to be dropped from the Argentine squad by manager Edgardo Bauza
On being asked asked if he would be surprised if he wasn’t called up for the World-Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Colombia that take place in November, Aguero replied, “No, I wouldn’t be surprised because I’m not playing well. If I’m not in the next squad, I’ll take it in the best way.” He further added, “There are no excuses. Things didn’t come off for me today. We’ve got to lift our heads.”
The comments come in the backdrop of another listless team performance by Argentina in their World-Cup qualifying game against Paraguay, where they lost 1-0, with Aguero missing a crucial penalty.
The fitness of the Man City star before the game was itself a big question mark, with him having sustained an adductor strain, but the 28-year-old striker declared himself fit for the tie. On last night’s evidence, probably the better option would have been to start Aguero from the bench, as he didn’t seem to move as freely as we have become so accustomed to seeing.
Paraguay’s goalkeeper Justo Villar dives to stop Sergio Aguero’s penalty kick.
While the former Atletico striker has started the season with a bang for his club, scoring 11 goals in 8 matches for City, his record for his country couldn’t have been more contrasting, finding the net only once in his last 11 appearance for Argentina.
This had led to many media outlets in Argentina demanding Aguero, along with host of other under-performing stars, to be axed from the squad. To make matters worse, he was one of the many Argentine players to be booed off at the final whistle by the crowd last night.
One person who wouldn’t necessarily complain if the City talisman wasn’t called up by his national team manager would be City’s manager Pep Guardiola, when taking into account Sergio’s chequered injury history.