The 24-year-old has kept his place as new boss Gerardo Martino keeps faith with 20 of the men who led the Albiceleste to the World Cup final in Brazil this summer
Manchester United new boy Marcos Rojo has kept his place in new Argentina boss Gerardo Martino's first squad ahead of a friendly clash against Germany in Dusseldorf.
Rojo, who is set to move to Old Trafford in a £16 million deal, is joined in Martino's 20-man squad by Manchester City stars Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis and new Swansea City signing Federico Fernandez.
There were no surprises in Martino's selection, with the players included all in Alejandro Sabella's World Cup team in Brazil - with Argentina-based Fernando Gago, Agustin Orion and Maxi Rodriguez all left out.
Those three, among others, may yet be added to the interim squad for the friendly on September 3, with regulations stipulating only foreign-based players can be selected as it stands.
The European-based contingent, though, are all in the mix for their World Cup final rematch.
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Mariano Andujar (Napoli);
Defenders: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Federico Fernandez (Swansea), Ezequiel Garay (Zenit St Petersburg), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City), Jose Basanta (Fiorentina);
Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Enzo Perez (Benfica);
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain).