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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi thinks Argentina World Cup call-up is unlikely

The FC panel answer your tweets on the player most likely to win the World Cup Golden Boot, the differences between Maradona's Argentina and Messi's Argentina and more.
After Argentina conceded six goals in their friendly against Spain, the ESPN FC guys discuss how much should be read into the result.

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi has told Ole that he does not believe that he will get called up by Argentina for the World Cup this summer.

Icardi, the Inter captain, has scored 26 goals in 30 Serie A appearances this season, including four in his side's 5-0 victory at Sampdoria on March 18.

And although he was called up for four World Cup qualifiers at the end of last year, he does not seem to be part of coach Jorge Sampaoli's plans for Russia.

"It is nothing strange," Icardi said. "I think that it...

 By Tim Vickery

Lionel Messi likely to have a big role in shaping Argentina's World Cup squad

After Argentina conceded six goals in their friendly against Spain, the ESPN FC guys discuss how much should be read into the result.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is off for another round of "shuttle diplomacy", where he will travel through Europe meeting with his key players. The first port of call, logically enough, is Barcelona for a sit down with Lionel Messi.

It is entirely likely that their chat will not be limited to a coach asking a player about his current physical condition. The chances are that the two of them will sit down and, in effect, pick the squad. It is a perfectly reasonable deduction that Messi, Argentina's...

Argentina moves to clarify Sergio Aguero's fitness status amid World Cup doubts

ESPN Deportes analyst Ricardo Ortiz joins the FC crew to discuss his positive takeaways from Argentina's defeat against Spain.
After Argentina conceded six goals in their friendly against Spain, the ESPN FC guys discuss how much should be read into the result.

Sergio Aguero is recovering after surgery on his left knee and will start treatment soon, Argentina's football association confirmed on Wednesday amid uncertainty about the player's fitness for this summer's World Cup.

The Manchester City striker suffered from pain in his knee since March 11 and was forced out of action for Argentina in two friendlies at the end of March.

On Tuesday, Aguero underwent surgery in Barcelona and will be sidelined for at least four weeks. Argentina's first game the World...

Sergio Aguero World Cup spot unlikely after knee surgery - Argentina doctor

Pep Guardiola delves into his high standards for his Man City players in training, when in possession and their decision making.
The FC crew delve into Man City's evolution during Pep Guardiola's second season in charge and debate whether winning the Premier League put his critics to bed.
The FC crew delve into Man City's evolution during Pep Guardiola's second season in charge and debate whether winning the Premier League put his critics to bed.

Argentina Football Association (AFA) doctor Homero D'Agostino does not expect Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero to be fit for the World Cup after undergoing a left knee operation.

Aguero aggravated a knee injury during the Manchester derby earlier this month and underwent arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday in Barcelona.

He is set to miss the remainder of the campaign with City but should recover ahead of Argentina's World Cup opener against Iceland on June 16.

"That a player has undergone an arthroscope...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero ruled out for season, fit for World Cup

Pep Guardiola delves into his high standards for his Man City players in training, when in possession and their decision making.
The FC crew delve into Man City's evolution during Pep Guardiola's second season in charge and debate whether winning the Premier League put his critics to bed.
The FC crew delve into Man City's evolution during Pep Guardiola's second season in charge and debate whether winning the Premier League put his critics to bed.
ESPN's Mark Ogden and Jonathan Smith discuss whether Pep Guardiola can break even more league records after Manchester City won the Premier League.
You watched the game, now get the inside look at Manchester City's preparations for Tottenham, the victory that inevitably carried them to the title.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is set to miss the rest of the season after undergoing a knee operation but should be fit for Argentina in time for the World Cup this summer.

The Premier League club confirmed on Tuesday that Aguero was "likely" to miss City's five games this season, after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on one of his knees.

Aguero has not started a game since March 4 but made late substitute appearances in the home defeats to Manchester United and Liverpool.

But City said...