Juan Sebastian Veron questions Mauro Icardi omission from Argentina World Cup squad

Emmanuel Petit jugó en el FC Barcelona durante la temporada 2000/2001 | AFP

Portugal have taken four points from their opening two matches of the World Cup, playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain in their opening match before scraping to a 1-0 victory over Morocco on Wednesday.

Former Argentina and Inter Milan midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron is unsure why Jorge Sampaoli chose to leave Mauro Icardi out of his World Cup squad.

As Argentina and their star player Lionel Messi fight to stay in the World Cup, Diego Maradona has sent a message of support to the Barcelona forward.

But for all of Argentina's faults fans do not want to see one of the greatest footballers of all time in Lionel Messi heading home so soon.

Argentina needs to beat Nigeria to retain hopes of qualifying for the second round of the competition and the players feel they may not achieve that if Sampaoli continued to manage the squad.

"He is a unique player, who unfortunately hasn't won the three finals he has played with Argentina and that isn't easy".

Jaws dropped when Willy Caballero gifted Ante Rebic a free shot at goal as Argentina faced Croatia at the World Cup.

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Tapia was at a news conference on Sunday with midfielder Javier Mascherano, who denied there was a rift between Sampaoli and the players.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has been the stand out player so far at the this summers World Cup in Russian Federation.

"But as a collective, where things don't go as we'd like, we all have our own frustrations".

"Like it our not, we are the runners-up from the World Cup and we have to show it".

Lionel Messi is yet to score a goal in this tournament and even missed a penalty against Iceland in Argentina's first game.

"We know the situation is tricky".


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