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Mauro Icardi, Lautaro Martinez out, Lionel Messi in Argentina's World Cup squad

After their runners-up finish in 2014, the ESPN FC crew assess Lionel Messi and Argentina's chances of lifting the World Cup in Russia.
With the clock ticking on Lionel Messi's international career, Ian Darke poses the question whether Argentina have enough firepower to win the World Cup.
It goes without saying that Lionel Messi is Argentina's only hope. Here's just how much he meant during their rocky World Cup qualifying campaign.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has included Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala to feature in attack alongside Lionel Messi in his 23-man World Cup squad, but has left Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi and Racing Club starlet Lautaro Martinez out.

City's top scorer this season with 30 goals in all competitions, Aguero missed Argentina's international friendlies against Italy and Spain in March and underwent left knee surgery last month but Sampaoli is convinced he can help the South Americans in next...

Argentina apologise for World Cup guide to flirting with Russian women

With the clock ticking on Lionel Messi's international career, Ian Darke poses the question whether Argentina have enough firepower to win the World Cup.
It goes without saying that Lionel Messi is Argentina's only hope. Here's just how much he meant during their rocky World Cup qualifying campaign.

The Argentina Football Association (AFA) has apologised for an "involuntary error" that led to including a chapter on how to seduce Russian women in a manual they distributed ahead of the World Cup.

At a course entitled "Russian Language and Culture," presented by Russian language teacher Eduardo Pennisi at AFA's headquarters in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, World Cup-bound executives, players, coaches and journalists saw a page titled "What to do to have an opportunity with a Russian woman."

Those in...

Argentina's Carlos Tevez will watch World Cup on TV after squad omission

With the clock ticking on Lionel Messi's international career, Ian Darke poses the question whether Argentina have enough firepower to win the World Cup.

Carlos Tevez has said he "will watch the World Cup on TV" after being left out of Argentina's 35-man preliminary World Cup squad.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli included Boca Juniors players Cristian Pavon and Pablo Perez but not their teammate Tevez.

The 34-year-old forward has not featured for the national side since October 2015, when he made his 76th appearance.

"There was always talk about those same players that would go and they have been included. I don't give it too much importance. I will...

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Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala highlight 35-man Argentina World Cup squad

With the clock ticking on Lionel Messi's international career, Ian Darke poses the question whether Argentina have enough firepower to win the World Cup.
It goes without saying that Lionel Messi is Argentina's only hope. Here's just how much he meant during their rocky World Cup qualifying campaign.
After Jorge Sampaoli likened the World Cup to a revolver to Lionel Messi's head, the FC crew discuss the pressure on Messi to carry Argentina in Russia.

Lionel Messi and Paulo Dybala highlight Argentina's 35-man preliminary squad for the World Cup this summer.

The Argentine Football Association announced the list of players in contention on Monday. Coach Jorge Sampaoli will trim his squad to a final 23 players next week.

Juventus' Dybala has often been compared to Barcelona superstar Messi as they both play the same position, making it difficult to feature them together on the national team.

Dybala and Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi...

Argentina's Jorge Sampaoli's safe even if team fails in 2018 World Cup group

After Jorge Sampaoli likened the World Cup to a revolver to Lionel Messi's head, the FC crew discuss the pressure on Messi to carry Argentina in Russia.
ESPN Deportes analyst Ricardo Ortiz joins the FC crew to discuss his positive takeaways from Argentina's defeat against Spain.
The guys respond to your tweets about Lionel Messi's international career, Gonzalo Higuain, troublesome defenders and Stevie's MLS Coach of the Year trophy.
Isco led the way with three goals as Spain thrashed an Argentina side without Lionel Messi in Madrid.

Argentina Football Association president Claudio Tapia insists Jorge Sampaoli will continue at the helm of the national team even if his country were to be eliminated "in the first round of the World Cup."

Sampaoli, the former Chile coach, took the reins of Argentina last summer after one season at Sevilla and is under contract until 2022.

"I back Sampaoli even if Argentina does not go beyond the first round of the World Cup," Tapia told Radio Mitre. "I already spoke with him. He has a five-year...