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Sergio Agüero celebrates after scoring for Argentina against Iceland at the 2018 World Cup. Photograph: Victor Caivano/AP

Sergio Agüero reveals he will be with Argentina squad at Qatar World Cup

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Sergio Agüero has said he will be part of Argentina’s backroom staff at the World Cup in Qatar this year after a meeting with the president of his country’s football association (AFA), Claudio Tapia.

Agüero, 33, announced his retirement in December because of a heart condition, after an 18-year career during which he scored more than 400 goals.

The former Argentina striker said final details of his arrangement with the AFA would be decided in the coming weeks, and that he was hoping to attend the World Cup draw, scheduled for 1 April.

“We still need to figure out the role but I’ll be with the team at the World Cup,” Aguero told TyC Sports. “It was a nice talk with Chiqui [Tapia]. I want to spend time with the players. I’ll be there with the team, I get along very well with them. I want to be close to them and try to have fun. I want to find a way I can help the national team.”

Agüero scored 41 goals in 101 games for Argentina, representing them at three World Cups and helping them win the 2021 Copa América – their first major title in 28 years. Argentina have qualified unbeaten for Qatar, and are second in the South American qualifying group, four points behind Brazil.

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