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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

#FCtalkingpoints: Bale to United, MLS vs. U.S., Vela, Messi and Ronaldo

Netherlands and Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind picked up a suspected knee injury in the Euro 2016 qualifier between the Dutch and Latvia.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five white-hot topics on the ESPN FC radar following the weekend.

Vote and comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCtalkingpoints.

They meet again. The world's two best players -- Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi -- play one another when Portugal host Argentina in an international friendly on Tuesday.

Who would you rather have on your team?

The 800-pound gorilla of a transfer rumour right now is that somehow, someway Real Madrid's Gareth Bale will...

 By Elko Born

Guus Hiddink adds more pressure as Dutch face 'must-win' vs. Latvia

Netherlands forward Arjen Robben explains why he feels Netherlands came up short against Mexico and how he believes the team can improve going forward.

Some managers like to set themselves targets, but very few will come out and promise a win. In the buildup to the Netherlands' Euro 2016 qualification match against Latvia, Oranje boss Guus Hiddink has taken things to the extreme. If the Netherlands loses, he has promised multiple times that he will resign immediately.

Hiddink's ultimatum is the latest symptom of the crisis in which the Dutch team currently finds itself. With a squad almost identical to the one that finished third place during...

Three Points: Netherlands vs. Mexico

Carlos Vela scored twice in his return to El Tri as Mexico edged the Netherlands in their international friendly.

Three quick thoughts on the heels of Mexico's 3-2 victory over the Netherlands at the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday night.

1. Youth movement

It seems clear that this is a new era for El Tri, and not just because this squad now can showcase the prodigious talent of Carlos Vela, back on board with his country in a big way, winning Man of Match honors with two goals. Vela's opening goal in the eighth minute was set up by some nifty play by more than half the XI. The passing of Mexico throughout the...

Europeos have much to prove to El Tri bosses and fans in upcoming friendlies

ESPN FC's John Sutcliffe reports on Carlos Vela's return to El Tri after a three-year hiatus from international play.

A quick glance at Mexico's roster for their upcoming friendlies shows it to be very impressive -- at first. Manager Miguel Herrera has made 10 Europeo call-ups, including Guillermo Ochoa, Diego Reyes, Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera, Jonathan dos Santos, Jesus "Tecatito" Corona, Giovani dos Santos, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, Carlos Vela and Raul Jimenez.

Most of the stated Europeos are household names for El Tri fans and by far some of the most popular players on the national team as they ready...

 By Elko Born

Netherlands camp beset by confusion under Guus Hiddink

The ESPN FC team predict who will qualify for Euro 2016 from Group A after each team completed its third match.

The mood in the Netherlands was already gloomy. After recent defeats against Italy and Czech Republic, neither the fans nor the media believed Iceland were going to be easy opponents. The start of Guus Hiddink's reign, after he replaced Louis van Gaal as coach in the summer, had been appalling, and the nation's confidence duly affected.

How different had things been just a few months ago. The World Cup -- in which the Dutch finished third and demolished reigning world champions Spain along the way...

 By Elko Born

Lacklustre Netherlands giving Hiddink a headache

The last time Guus Hiddink secured a victory with the Dutch national team, it went quite differently. Then again, that was 16 years ago, when a younger, mustached Hiddink was in his first spell as Netherlands boss during the World Cup in 1998. Playing against Argentina, in the scorching heat of Marseille, it was Dennis Bergkamp's famous wonder goal in the quarterfinal that saved the day for the Netherlands.

This time, watching a meagre Euro 2016 qualifier against Kazakhstan in Amsterdam, fans...