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Trending: Argentina have to step up, follow Lionel Messi example - Jorge Sampaoli

Tuesday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending ...

SOUTH AMERICA QUALIFYING: Jorge Sampaoli has challenged his Argentina squad to match the quality of Lionel Messi as La Albiceleste prepares for their do-or-die clash with Ecuador on Tuesday.

- Argentina and Lionel Messi are on the brink of missing the World Cup, but they are not receiving any sympathy from Brazil coach Tite.

- Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has said he is "gutted" to miss Chile's key World Cup qualifier in Brazil on Tuesday but expects his side to clinch a place in Russia.

EUROPEAN QUALIFYING: After Iceland became the smallest nation ever to qualify for a World Cup finals, here are the five other smallest countries to grace the world stage.

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- Scottish Football Association chief Stewart Regan has said the organisation will not rush into a decision on the future of coach Gordon Strachan.

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: Gabon coach Jose Antonio Camacho has backed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's claim that the nation's World Cup qualifying bid was sabotaged by dodgy orange juice.

- Australia beat Syria 3-2 on aggregate to reach a World Cup qualifying playoff against the team that finishes fourth in CONCACAF.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Martin Atkinson will referee Liverpool's upcoming match with Manchester United, the Premier League has announced.

- WATCH: Tactical Analysis - How Liverpool can beat United

BALLON D'OR: Cristiano Ronaldo will be the favourite to retain his Ballon d'Or as he was named to the 30-man shortlist alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Harry Kane and Robert Lewandowski.

CHELSEA: The Premier League champions ruled out the possibility of hosting a fight between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr. at Stamford Bridge in January, sources have told ESPN FC.

Chelsea could be without N'Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

BARCELONANeymar has demanded UEFA expel Barcelona from the Champions League in a dispute over a bonus payment, according to Press Association Sport.

- Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has dismissed reports that Barcelona's Luis Suarez will need knee surgery and expects him to play in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Bolivia.

BAYERN MUNICH: CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Thomas Tuchel remains in the frame to take over as the club's coach next season.

Jupp Heynckes says the complexity of the German language is making it hard for James Rodriguez to settle at the Bundesliga champions.

ENGLAND: Gareth Southgate has called on England's other forwards to share the goal-scoring with in-form Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

FIFAReal Madrid could face New Zealand side Auckland City in the Club World Cup semifinals after the draw for the competition, which takes place in Abu Dhabi, was made on Monday.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is one of three players through to the final stage FIFA's Puskas Award for "the most beautiful goal of the season."

MAN UNITEDManchester United are hopeful Phil Jones will be fit to face Liverpool this weekend despite pulling out of the England squad with injury, sources have told ESPN FC.

- The Belgian Football Association have said Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini will only be sidelined "for a couple of weeks" after he limped out of Saturday's World Cup qualifying win against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

ARSENAL: Shkodran Mustafi looks set for an extended spell on the sidelines after limping out of Germany's 5-1 World Cup qualifying win over Azerbaijan.

Olivier Giroud says he was "very close" to joining Everton this summer but is happy he decided to stay at Arsenal.

LIVERPOOLEmre Can has told kicker that it was an "honour" to receive an offer from Juventus in the summer but insists he is solely focused on Liverpool this season.

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