Sport Argentina celebrate their World Cup semi-final penalty shootout victory over the Netherlands

With Lionel Messi in fine form, we look at how Alejandro Sabella can lead his Argentina side to glory in Brazil

Captain Lionel Messi provided the words of wisdom in the team-talk to inspire Argentina to victory

Argentina v Netherlands: Did Lionel Messi's team-talk inspire Argentina to World Cup semi-final penalty shootout victory?

The Argentina captain delivered a compelling team-talk before Argentina won 4-2 in the penalty shootout, securing their place in the World Cup Final

Alejandro Sabella reacts after Gonzalo Higuain's shot hits the bar

Argentina v Belgium: Gonzalo Higuain effort knocks Alejandro Sabella off his feet

The Argentina coach was taken aback by the forward's superb strike - so much so that he ended up stumbling over on the touchline.

A view of the World Cup trophy

World Cup 2014 fixtures: Including England group games against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica

The tournament in Brazil kicks off on June 12

A view of the World Cup trophy
Sergio Romero in action for Argentina

World Cup 2014: Player profile - who is Sergio Romero, the Argentina goalkeeper?

Counting down the 100 players to look out for in Brazil this summer

Transfer news: Southampton confirm record signing Dani Osvaldo has joined Juventus on loan

Controversial Italian international could make his move permanent in the summer

Sergio Aguero receives treatment on a hamstring injury during Manchester City's 5-1 win over Tottenham

Sergio Aguero injury latest: Manchester City striker will miss game against Barcelona and two Chelsea meetings

The Argentina striker came off injured in the 5-1 win over Tottenham

Climate change 'killing baby penguins' in Argentina, scientists say

New studies show what experts say is the direct consequence of global warming on Magellanic penguins in South America

Ignacio Scocco at former club Newell's Old Boys

Transfer news: Sunderland sign Argentine international Ignacio Scocco

28-year-old arrives from Internacional in Brazil

Wing Jack Nowell will make his debut against France

Six Nations 2014: Jack Nowell and Luther Burrell to make debut as England name inexperienced back-line to take on France

Stuart Lancaster has selected a back-line with just 91 caps between them which includes debutants Nowell and Burrell

England captain Chris Robshaw in training at Pennyhill Park

Six Nations 2014: A fresh challenge for Chris Robshaw as England take rookie road again

When Chris Robshaw led England for the first time, at Murrayfield in the opening match of the 2012 Six Nations, his back division was as green as the proverbial grass. Owen Farrell was making his international debut in the centre, as was Brad Barritt, and while dear old Charlie Hodgson had a fair few caps behind him at outside-half, the impression was of a unit in its infancy. And now, two years down the red-rose road? The back line has grown less experienced, not more.

Transfer news: PSG would 'bring in Lionel Messi' if there was no limit to their spending, says president

The French champions have been linked with the Barcelona forward

Transfer news: Nicolas Otamendi still open to Premier League move - reports

Defender linked with Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City

Market Report: Worries over emerging markets weighed on the FTSE 100

Traders ran for cover from the fallout of continuing worries about emerging markets, and the FTSE 100 fell for the fourth day, to 6,550.66 – losing 113.08 points, or 1.7 per cent.

England coach Stuart Lancaster holds court at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, Surrey

Six Nations: Stuart Lancaster will be forced into gambling in Paris

'I met every player last week one-to-one and, as there were 35 of them, it was a long day'

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