Messi gives Argentina boss selection problem

Messi is back playing for Argentina after missing their first four World Cup qualifiers because of injury. This gives Argentina’s boss some selection issues since he will have to choose which ones of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero to leave out of the team.

The return of Lionel Messi to the Argentinian team is expected to boost the team spirit after a difficult start to the qualifying campaign. Indeed, Argentina has only picked five points from the first four games and will expect that the return of their talismanic player will help the team play better.

The Argentina boss, Gerardo Martino, believes that Lionel Messi will calm down the other players and help them to improve their game. In the previous matches, Martino has favored a four man attack with Higuain, Aguero, Messi and Di Maria. It is very likely that he will resort to the same formation with the return of Messi.

Mashaba does not want to blame team

The South African national football team has been sustaining a string of underwhelming results which is starting to put the managerial position of Ephraim Mashaba at risk. Whilst football is at it's most popular ebb in South Africa right now, some fans are switching off when it comes to the national side.

Mashaba is the head coach of the South African side, having been given this role back on July of 2014 but his spot in the national side might be reaching it’s end after a number of disappointing results.

Mexico and United States compete to host 2026 World Cup

United States and Mexico are a few of the countries that have shown interest in hosting the upcoming 2026 edition of the World Cup.

The last time that Mexico hosted the World Cup was back in 1986 and the president of the Mexican Football Federation (FEMEXFUT) stated that the country is eager on repeating this experience as Decio de Maria said: “Being the host of the biggest party in the world is an honor and it means a lot for this country,”

Vicente del Bosque has confirmed that he has not dropped striker Diego Costa

Vicente del Bosque has confirmed that he has not dropped striker Diego Costa due to disciplinary issues. Instead, the Chelsea striker is not being included in the squad for the friendlies against Italy and Romania due to fitness issues.

The striker has been in fine goalscoring form for Chelsea. The striker has come up with five goals and four assists in his last 10 matches for Chelsea. At the same time, he has also picked up three yellow cards and has been sent off once. Many believe that he is unhappy at Chelsea and is trying to engineer a move back to Atletico Madrid in the summer.

REDKNAPP TAKES JORDAN ROLE

Harry Redknapp, the ex-Spurs boss, has finally managed to land a non-Premier League job - the canny veteran has got the charge of the senior national Football team of Jordan.

Jordan has roped him in with high hopes that he would be able to see the team through to World Cup 2018 which has to be hosted in Asia itself; that is in Russia.

Vicente del Bosque will fondly remembered his time with Spanish giants Real Madrid

Vicente del Bosque will fondly remembered his time with Spanish giants Real Madrid. Even though he spent an extremely short time at the club, he managed to get them to 2 Champions League titles.

Thus, he became one of the last managers to have achieved this feat with Madrid. One of the players who was part of the title winning team under del Bosque is Zinedine Zidane. The Spaniard manager knows the Frenchman very well and he recently saw Zidane being appointed as a replacement for Rafa Benitez. Despite having no managerial experience at the top level, Zidane has been appointed without any shadow of doubt.

Vicente del Bosque claims that the future of his role as the Spanish national team

Vicente del Bosque claims that the future of his role as the Spanish national team manager is not in his hands and it is up to the Spanish Federation to decide it.

Del Bosque has transformed Spain into the most successful and celebrated team in world football over the last decade. They have managed to win two European championships and one World Cup since the floodgates started with Luis Aragones in 2008. Even thoughAragones helped Spain win their first major trophy in 44 years, Del Bosque managed to take the national team to the next level.

Diego Costa looks set to start against England

Despite his extremely poor record for the Spain national team, Diego Costa looks set to start against England in one of the several friendly matches lined up for the former world champions ahead of the Euro 2016.

The Chelsea striker faced a lot of criticism for his poor performances at the World Cup 2014. In fact, he has managed only one goal in nine appearances for Spain. This has led to suggestions that Costa is the right fit for the national team and that manager Vicente del Bosque should look at options like Alvaro Morata, who have been in fine scoring form.

Spain went to great lengths in order to persuade Diego Costa

Spain went to great lengths in order to persuade Diego Costa to represent them at international level.

This was on the back of his impressive campaign with Atletico Madrid. However, the striker has been disappointing – at least on the international scene – ever since making his appearance for Spain. The biggest disappointment came at the World Cup 2014 when the striker failed to score even a single goal in the group stages and it saw the world champions suffer a meek exit. Since his debut in 2014, the striker has made nine appearances in all competitions but has scored only one goal.

HODGSON NOT HAPPY

England manager Roy Hodgson stated that he was not happy with the performances of his players in the draw with Republic of Ireland. England could only manage a 0-0 draw in the first friendly during the summer.

This result is not the ideal preparation ahead of the team’s away game against Slovenia. The former Liverpool boss is expecting much better performances – especially from captain Wayne Rooney – when the team travel to the Eastern European country.

England appear to be extremely comfortable in the Euro 2016 qualification stages after having won five out of the opening five games. This has seen them establish a healthy six-point advantage with only a couple of matches left.

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