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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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Ignacio Scocco at former club Newell's Old Boys

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Wing Jack Nowell will make his debut against France

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England captain Chris Robshaw in training at Pennyhill Park

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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

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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

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