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Argentina's World Cup woes

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Argentina, Peru eye World Cup qualification

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Trending: Lionel Messi gets four-game ban, Neymar's Barcelona commitment

ARGENTINA: FIFA has banned Lionel Messi for four matches after ruling that the Argentina forward verbally abused a match official in a World Cup qualifying game against Chile.

BARCELONA: Neymar has reaffirmed his commitment to Barcelona amid speculation in Spain that Manchester United are keen to acquire his services.

MAN UNITEDJose Mourinho is "unlucky" not to see his side competing for the Premier League title this season, according to former Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

- Marcus Rashford needs to "mix his game up" if he is to fulfil his potential, according to Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs.

BRAZIL: Neymar believes that Brazil are the best team in the world when playing to their potential.

ARSENAL: Sol Campbell believes under-fire manager Arsene Wenger must retain the services of Alexis Sanchez and then add more players with similar strength of character.

- Sanchez was given a speeding ticket and must appear in court after being clocked driving at 155 kilometres per hour (96 mph) in the Buin area, south of Santiago, during a free afternoon given to the Chile national team.

- Sanchez has revealed that that he played football as a kid in his local jail in Chile.

- Robert Pires thinks Arsene Wenger will sign a contract extension with the club.

ENGLAND: Gareth Southgate had not appreciated Wilfried Zaha's international future was on a "disappearing egg timer," but the England manager is only interested in players desperate to represent the country.

- D'Margio Wright-Phillips, the son of former Manchester City winger Shaun, has been called up to the England under-16s squad for the Montaigu tournament in France next month.

- Ruben Loftus-Cheek struck twice as England under-21s continued their preparations for the European Championships with a comfortable 4-0 friendly win in Denmark.

PORTUGAL: Madeira airport will be renamed Cristiano Ronaldo Airport from Wednesday, despite opposition from local politicians.

LIVERPOOL: The club will again hire a private jet in order to bring Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino swiftly back from international duty, a source has told ESPN FC.

- Dejan Lovren would welcome Liverpool signing Ivan Perisic, but said he was not aware of any plans for a transfer.

COLOMBIA: James Rodriguez has been photographed brandishing his middle finger from an upstairs window at the Colombia Football Federation offices, in a shot published on Sunday by news agency Agence France-Presse.

FRANCE: Arsene Wenger has told beIN SPORTS that France has the most talented players in the world, making it a "nightmare" for coach Didier Deschamps to choose a squad.

EVERTON: FIFA will cover the wages of Everton defender Seamus Coleman after he suffered a double leg fracture in Republic of Ireland's 0-0 World Cup qualifying draw against Wales in Dublin.

PSG: French publication L'Equipe have apologised to Paris Saint-Germain, as well as midfield duo Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi, for inaccurate recent claims about the pair being out before the Champions League defeat to Barcelona.

IVORY COAST: A friendly between Ivory Coast and Senegal was abandoned in the 88th minute on Monday after dozens of people invaded the pitch.

UNITED STATES: Bruce Arena said that while Borussia Dortmund deserves "a lot of the credit" for developing budding star Christian Pulisic, the U.S. player-development system deserves some plaudits as well.

- Arena says there is no magic wand that he waved to improve the performance of the United States.

- Bobby Wood has said he could have quit football had it not been for former U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

MLS: Bastian Schweinsteiger is preparing for his move to Chicago Fire by training at RCD Mallorca as he waits for his visa.

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