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Argentina captain Lionel Messi has remained coy on his own nation’s probabilities on the World Cup but has weighed in on England’s hopes of lifting the enduring trophy for the primary time since 1966 in Qatar. Messi will probably be trying to cap off his illustrious profession by clinching the feat that has evaded him to this point but hasn’t included Argentina in his three favourites for glory.

Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina are eyeing their third World Cup this winter, and plenty of consider they’ve the squad to do it, spearheaded by the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner. But Messi snubbed his country when asked which he believes are the frontrunners to etch their name into football folklore over the subsequent six weeks.

Talking to GOAL, Messi name-dropped Brazil, reigning champions France and none apart from England because the tournament’s three favourites. He said: “Well after we at all times talk in regards to the candidates, I believe in all of the tournaments, we are saying the identical.

“There are a number of surprises, but generally, the massive teams are the candidates. But when I actually have to choose one [team] above the remainder, I believe Brazil, France and England, today they’re somewhat bit above the remainder. But a World Cup is at all times complicated, and anything can occur.”

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Argentina are entering the World Cup with momentum after beating Brazil within the Copa America final in 2021. Nevertheless, in keeping with the bookies, Brazil are the outright favourites to triumph in Qatar, followed by Messi and Co. and France.

England are only the fifth favourites behind Luis Enrique’s Spain, with Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium and Denmark making up the highest 10. Gareth Southgate’s side have reached the semi-finals and final of their previous two international tournaments and are hoping to go one step further in Qatar.

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The Three Lions start their World Cup campaign against Iran on Monday, November 21, before rounding off Group B against the USA and Wales. Ahead of the massive kick-off Kieran Trippier has taken pride within the nation’s status among the many favourites and has urged his team-mates to bask in it fairly than fear it.

He said: “We should not be afraid of going into the tournament saying we will win it. We set high standards by attending to a semi-final and a final of a Euros. Obviously, we would like to go one step further to really win a tournament.”

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