Argentina players support Lionel Scaloni for permanent manager

Several Argentina players said interim boss Lionel Scaloni should be given the job on a permanent basis and that the current under-20s team manager has earned the confidence of the senior squad.

"We are working well with him, it is a staff that helps and supports us, obviously we want him to continue, but is not our decision," Argentina midfielder Paulo Dybala said after their 2-0 win over Mexico on Friday.

"He gives us the liberty [to play] and makes us work in a good way," the Juventus star said. "[The coaching staff] is a good group that moves us forward, and with his help we can continue in this way."

Scaloni has served as the caretaker for La Albiceleste since Jorge Sampaoli's sacking after their round of 16 exit at the World Cup.

With reports linking former Argentina coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino to Mexico, Scaloni has faced questions about his future and the possibility of him continuing with Argentina to next summer's Copa America, but the coach stated that he is concentrating on leading the country's U-20s side at the South American Championship in January.

When asked again about his future plans after Friday's match in Cordoba, Scaloni said: "I am here until [the next friendly]."

Argentina and Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso added: "I think [Scaloni], as well as the coaching staff have done a good job, to implement their style of play, we have taken to it in the fastest way possible.

"We have had great games, great results, that is what matters most. He has the support from everyone, one feels confident when they are supported, we will see, both players and staff are doing their best day-by-day."

Friday's win was the first of two friendlies between Argentina and Mexico during the international break. The next match will be on Tuesday in Mendoza.