Juan Sebastian Veron questions Mauro Icardi omission from Argentina World Cup squad

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HELD by Iceland and humiliated by Croatia, Argentina's World Cup could already have been all but over, but Lionel Messi and the rest of Jorge Sampaoli's troubled squad have one final shot at redemption against Nigeria tomorrow.

Finally, he said he was a "fan of Mexico" and explained that their performances so far had won him round - although, despite two wins from two, they still need a point from their final game to reach the last 16.

When Moscow confectioners found out Lionel Messi would be celebrating his birthday during the World Cup, they decided he needed a gift that measured up - a life-size chocolate sculpture in his likeness.

There have been reports that the squad led a revolt against manager Jorge Sampaoli and senior players will select the team against Nigeria. Everyone just accepted it when Sampaoli came in with computers, with drones, with 14 assistants. I don't think [past problems] are technical, because they're world champions at U17 and U20.

"Obviously, when we feel uncomfortable about something we speak with him because if we didn't we would be hypocrites".

On Friday, news broke that the Albiceleste players had tried to get the former Chile coach sacked in the build-up to their game against the African giants, but Mascherano has since played down those claims.

Mascherano made his 145th global appearance during the Croatia defeat, which left the 2014 runners-up with just one point so far having drawn with Iceland.

"There are no small teams or bad players in a World Cup, but the road is still long, we have to fight and be very strong". "We will give Lionel Messi to Lionel Messi", Malkina said, laughing.

Sampaoli has also axed Chelsea back-up keeper Willy Caballero following mistakes in both games and will be replaced by Franco Armani even though the 31-year-old will be winning his first cap.

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