Lionel Messi to Line Up against Spain on Tuesday

For Spain the World Cup will be the last chance for many of its members to win a major international honour

In the absence of their skipper, Argentina were totally second best against Spain and shipped six goals in a 6-1 defeat - marking their heaviest defeat to European opposition since 1958.

Having missed out on selection for Argentina's most recent worldwide selection, behind Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, Dybala has work to do if he is to force his way into his national side for this summer's World Cup.

Vice-captain Javier Mascherano has already announced he will retire from global duty after the showpiece tournament, while Sergio Aguero, Angel di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain will all be 30 come the June 14-July 15 Finals.

He trained on Sunday but is unlikely to be risked.

"Against Ecuador I was a bit strong in my tone suggesting that football owed Messi a World Cup, however I knew he was going to appear for us at the vital moments".

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More aggressive tactics have involved players picking at the seam or surface of the ball with a sharp fingernail or bottle-top. Chucking, time wasting and not walking were other common ways of gaining an advantage, but few called it cheating.

"Argentina need to understand the moments when to cause damage with Leo and find a defensive balance that allows us to sustain the attacks".

Forwards Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero at Argentina's training session.

"Winning the World Cup is the first hurdle to that". Even so, it's an honor for me to coach him.

"He told me: "If you do not play, you can not come".

"It's hard to assume a level of control when your leader knows he's better than you, he executes things like nobody else".

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While of the opinion that too much is expected of Messi, Sampaoli concedes that he is working with a special talent.

Costa, however, is back playing for Atletico Madrid, which makes him the likeliest choice when Spain open up against Portugal on June 15, while Morata still has three months to spark a revival.

"The World Cup is a revolver to Lionel Messi's head", Jorge Sampaoli was quoted as saying earlier this week.

Spain comes from equaling 1-1 in Düsseldorf before Germany, while Argentina beat Italy 2-0 in Manchester.

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