Aguero responds to international retirement suggestions after Argentina exit

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The Manchester City striker came off the bench to score a late goal for his country, but could not prevent defeat against France

Sergio Aguero has indicated he will not retire from international football after Argentina's latest World Cup disappointment.

The 2014 finalists crashed out at the round of 16 stage at Russia 2018, losing 4-3 to France in Kazan on Saturday.

Aguero scored the last goal of the game to spark hope of a dramatic fightback after Kylian Mbappe's brace put Les Bleus on track for the semi-finals.

The Manchester City forward started only two games at the finals for Argentina, but says he will not follow Javier Mascherano into international retirement.

"Obviously we are sad about the defeat," 30-year-old Aguero said to TyC Sports.

"We have to try to think ahead, we gave everything we could.

"As long as the coach keeps telling me, I'll be willing to come in."

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Aguero has 39 goals in 89 appearances for his country, but has only two World Cup goals to his name. The 2018 World Cup was his third tournament with Argentina, having failed to score in both South Africa and Brazil.

His maiden World Cup goal came in the group game against Iceland, helping Argentina to a 1-1 draw.

Despite this, coach Cesar Sampaoli left him on the bench for the last 16 game with France, only sending him on after 66 minutes when Argentina were trailing 3-2. Mbappe scored shortly after to increase France's lead with Aguero's late strike a mere consolation.

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