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Maradona worried Argentina won't qualify for World Cup

Argentina may be left out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, football legend Diego Maradona has said.

The former star player and national team coach said on Tuesday that there was no one looking out for his country's interests inside football's decision-making organisations.

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Miroslav Klose joins Germany's national coaching staff

Germany's all-time leading scorer Miroslav Klose is set to join coach Joachim Low's staff, the German football association, DFB announced on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old, who has not officially ended his playing career despite not having his contract at Lazio renewed in the summer, will join Low and his coaching team for their upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against San Marino and friendly in Italy.

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Lavezzi, Belluschi called up to Argentina squad for World Cup Qualifier against Brazil

Hebei China Fortune football club forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has been recalled to Argentina's squad for their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Colombia next month, the country's football association said.

San Lorenzo's Fernando Belluschi was also named after Juventus forward Paulo Dybala was ruled out of the matches with a hamstring injury.

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Messi returns to Argentina squad for Brazil clash, Rojo and Lamela axed

Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi was recalled to Argentina's football squad for its 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Colombia next month. Messi has not played for the national team since scoring in the 1-0 home win over Uruguay on September 1. The 29-year-old returned from a groin injury last Saturday, scoring in Barcelona's 4-0 La Liga victory over Deportivo La Coruna at the Camp Nou.

He followed that performance with a sublime hat-trick as Barcelona routed Manchester City 4-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday. With these performances, he proved his fitness and was named in the squad declared on Friday.

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Premier League quartet included in Brazilian squad for Argentina clash

The Liverpool duo of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, Chelsea's Willian and Manchester City's Fernandinho have all been included in the Brazilian squad that will host Argentina in Belo Horizonte on November 10 before travelling to Lima for a clash against Peru five days later.

Injured Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro is also expected to be given until the last minute to prove his fitness for Brazil's 2018 football World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Peru next month. Casemiro was among 24 footballers named by Brazil coach Tite on Friday for the team's final appearances this year. The former Sao Paulo player has not played since fracturing a fibula in Real Madrid's 2-0 victory over Espanyol in La Liga last month.

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World Cup Qualifiers: Germany ease past Northern Ireland, England scrape draw in Slovenia

Germany maintained their 100 per cent record in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers with a 2-0 triumph over Northern Ireland, while only heroic goalkeeping allowed a flat England side to secure a draw with Slovenia.

Julian Draxler and Sami Khedira scored within a span of 15 minutes in the first half as the defending champions made quick work of Northern Ireland in Hannover on Tuesday.

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World Cup Qualifier: Colombia snatch last minute draw against Uruguay

Colombian defender Yerry Mina scored a last-minute header, salvaging a 2-2 tie for his team against Uruguay in the World Cup football qualifier match at the Metropolitano Stadium here.

Jose Pekerman's squad opened the scoring in the 15th minute on Tuesday with a header by midfielder Abel Aguilar, but the Uruguayans evened things up in the 27th minute with a header of their own by Cristian "Cebolla" Rodriguez.

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