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 By Sam Kelly

Lionel Messi 6/10, Marcos Rojo 4/10 as Argentina bow out to France

Kylian Mbappe scored twice as France sent Lionel Messi and his Argentina side out of the World Cup in an enthralling match.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop thinks Lionel Messi will walk away from Argentina after their 4-3 World Cup defeat to France.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop recaps France's thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina and thinks major changes are needed for the South American side.

Argentina exited the World Cup in a thrilling start to the knockout stage in Kazan, in a match in which both defences looked vulnerable but only Argentina's was seriously tested. For one of the oldest squads at Russia 2018, a rebuilding project is surely not far away, with another disappointing display from 2014's runners-up underlining the scale of the task at hand.

Positives

They've been put out of their suffering.

Negatives

A chaotic tactical setup which leaves serious question marks over Jorge...

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Argentina's Javier Mascherano announces retirement from international football

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop recaps France's thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina and thinks major changes are needed for the South American side.
The FC panel put Argentina's World Cup exit into context and how it affects Lionel Messi's claim to be the greatest player of all time.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop thinks Lionel Messi will walk away from Argentina after their 4-3 World Cup defeat to France.

Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano has announced his retirement from international football after his side's World Cup-ending 4-3 loss to France in the round of 16 on Saturday.

"This story has ended. We gave it our everything until the end," the former Barcelona and Liverpool man told reporters after the match.

"It was a crazy match, in which we didn't start well but we recovered and we turned it around. But their tying goal did so much damage to us.

"It cost us so much to lift ourselves up...

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Lionel Messi must stay with Argentina despite World Cup exit - Mascherano

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop thinks Lionel Messi will walk away from Argentina after their 4-3 World Cup defeat to France.
The FC panel put Argentina's World Cup exit into context and how it affects Lionel Messi's claim to be the greatest player of all time.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop recaps France's thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina and thinks major changes are needed for the South American side.

Argentina veteran Javier Mascherano urged star Lionel Messi to stay on with the Albiceleste despite Saturday's 4-3 World Cup round of 16 loss to France. 

Messi, who turned 31 during his fourth and possibly final World Cup, set up a pair of goals, but again failed to score in a knockout match at the biggest event in soccer. He did not speak to the media following the loss. 

And while his teammates, Javier Mascherano and Lucas Biglia, both announced their retirement from international duty,...

 By Tim Vickery

Argentina's Javier Mascherano is older, slower but still utterly indispensable

From the lineups, to the use of VAR, to Marcos Rojo's winner, the FC crew examine all the talking points following Argentina's 2-1 win over Nigeria.
The ESPN FC team answer your tweets on the varying definitions of a handball, Paulo Dybala's substitute role and Gonzalo Higuain's shortcomings.

Like a proud and aging bantamweight boxer, Javier Mascherano ended Argentina's match against Nigeria bloodied but unbowed.

Argentina just managed to stay alive in the competition, beating the Super Eagles with a late Marcos Rojo strike on a night when so many roads led to their veteran No. 14. Mascherano was a symbol of the evening -- for good reasons and bad.

Some 15 years ago, he made his debut for Argentina -- before he had even played a game for his club side, River Plate. Argentina knew they...

 By Sam Kelly

Lionel Messi, Ever Banega 8/10 as Argentina edge past Nigeria

From the lineups, to the use of VAR, to Marcos Rojo's winner, the FC crew examine all the talking points following Argentina's 2-1 win over Nigeria.
Mark Ogden believes Argentina's late win has followed suit of a pulsating World Cup so far and feels their match with France could also become a classic.

They did it by the skin of their teeth, but they did it: Argentina are into the second round of the World Cup following a hair-raising group finale against Nigeria in which a far more fluid performance finally saw them claim their first victory of the tournament. It wasn't a perfect 2-1 win but it just might be the boost Argentina have needed.

Positives

Qualification, of course, and also the regularity with which Messi got the ball higher up the pitch, even in a second half that saw the team...

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Javier Mascherano: Argentina team are not bickering and fans must band together

The poor performances from the Argentina team are affecting star man Lionel Messi according to former Brazil international Kaka.
Nigeria players look ahead to their crunch match with Argentina - but can they keep Messi quiet?
ESPN announcer Ricardo Ortiz joins the FC crew to discuss Argentina's World Cup, the problems with Jorge Sampaoli and his sympathy for Lionel Messi.

Argentina defender Javier Mascherano has again defended the national team's unity after video from Monday's training showed him conversing with coach Jorge Sampaoli on the bench, fuelling rumours that the players would pick the lineup for the Albiceleste's crucial game against Nigeria on Tuesday.

Mascherano, however, hit out at reporters in an Instagram post which read: "You say that when we talk it is to impose and, if not, it is because we are bickering and we don't care about anything.

"I would...