Argentina v Nigeria: Troost-Ekong speaks ahead of all-important clash

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Argentina's fate is no longer in their own hands after their 3-0 loss to Croatia on Thursday and they now need a win and nothing less against the Nigerians on Tuesday.

Argentina midfielder, Javier Mascherano, denied on Sunday that a rift had opened between the players and coach Jorge Sampaoli following their 0-3 World Cup defeat by Croatia.

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (2ndR), midfielder Javier Mascherano (C), forward Sergio Aguero (2ndL) and midfielder Ever Banega arrive a training session at the team's base camp in Bronnitsy, on June 23, 2018, during Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament. They should be proud to have Messi in their national team.

Argentina's 1986 World Cup victor Ricardo Giusti has claimed that he has spoken to AFA general manager Jorge Burruchaga, who has admitted that the players would be consulted for the Nigeria game.

In two World Cup games, the only constant has been the fact that Argentina can not get out of its own way.

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"You remember so many Argentina teams with great players in the past, but this team is so far from those".

The star forward insisted that he will not give up on his dream of bringing the World Cup back to Argentina amid retirement rumours. He featured three times for Argentina in the qualifying matches. It would make millions of Argentine's in the world happy.

"I was accused of hitting Banega after the Copa America final and no one denied it, and nothing happened", he told reporters in his pre-match press conference.

Messi has endured a hard time in Russian Federation thus far. We've seen it in the Champions League though, when things don't go well, he can disappear on the pitch. He wants to show the world a different image to the one we've shown in the first two games'.

Argentina will face Nigeria in St. Petersburg on Tuesday in a game vital to their chances of moving on.

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