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

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi poses after receiving his Golden Boot 2013 award, presented to Europes best goal scorer of the 2012-2013 season

World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi 'pleased' the 'outstanding' Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil will be at the finals

Argentina forward looking forward to watching the pair in Brazil

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi poses after receiving his Golden Boot 2013 award, presented to Europes best goal scorer of the 2012-2013 season

Lionel Messi awarded Golden Shoe for third time after 46 La Liga goals for Barcelona

The Argentina international, who is currently out injured, was presented with the award today

Steven Gerrard was once again England’s driving force on another disappointing night

England 0 Germany 1 comment: Committed Steven Gerrard a relic of a bygone era

It fell to the captain to bring to England a sense of purpose

England could be in the same group as World Cup hosts Brazil

World Cup 2014: England face possibility of being placed in 'group of death' against Brazil or Argentina and France

Three Lions could be drawn with Brazil or Argentina, France and Nigeria next summer

Autumn internationals: Wales call up teenager Hallam Amos to face Tonga in 11 changes

Wales have made 11 changes for what will be Warren Gatland's 100th match as an international coach against Tonga at the Millennium Stadium on Friday, with Newport Gwent Dragons wing Hallam Amos making his debut and Ryan Jones replacing Sam Warburton as captain.

Russia bails more Greenpeace activists

Nine activists told they would be bailed after St Petersburg court hearings

Pope Francis caresses a sick person in Saint Peter's Square at the end of his General Audience in Vatican City

‘I felt only love’: Disfigured man embraced by Pope Francis speaks out about the experience

53-year-old Vinicio Riva, who suffers from rare genetic disorder, says moment was like 'being in Paradise'

Emanuele Giaccherini celebrates scoring Italy's equaliser

Italy 2 Nigeria 2: Two potential England World Cup opponents give Hodgson plenty to think about

England's management team of Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington were highly interested observers on a return to their old stamping ground last night as two potential World Cup opponents served up the best match seen at Craven Cottage for a long time..

Both Barcelona and Lionel Messi's management have rubbished claims of a dispute over his recovery from injury

Lionel Messi injury latest: Barcelona forward refuses to rush return

The Argentina international is expected to be out until 2014

Daniel Sturridge addresses the media on Sunday

England v Germany: Daniel Sturridge says he will be fit to play at Wembley on Tuesday

A foot problem kept the Liverpool striker out of the defeat by Chile

<b>1. Joe Marler - 7</b>
<br/> Spectacularly unspectacular, which is what you want from a big, hairy prop. “Marler, here’s there once more”. Commentary box never lies.

England v New Zealand: Player ratings

Man for man marking of Stuart Lancaster's side in the narrow defeat to the All Blacks

A for effort: Geoff Parling looks like he’s given his all at the final whistle but England proved a tougher test than the All Blacks had anticipated

England v New Zealand: Red rose defeated by All Blacks but on the right road for 2015

England coach Stuart Lancaster hails young team's progress towards next World Cup

Ken Owens celebrates with George North after scoring Wales' fourth try

Wales 40 Argentina 6 match report: Record victory over the Pumas is their first autumn win for four years

Tries from Phillips, North, Faletau and replacement Owens gave the Welsh a much needed boost having not won in the autumn internationals since beating the same opposition four years ago

Kyle Eastmond will not be returning to rugby league says his current club Bath after he left their match against Sale at half-time

Bath rubbish rumours of a rugby league return for Kyle Eastmond after he left at half-time during their 27-20 win at Sale

Eastmond is understood to be dealing with personal issues but the Aviva Premiership club insist that the matter has been dealt with

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