Messi to participate in match against Spanish national team

For Spain the World Cup will be the last chance for many of its members to win a major international honour

For Spain the World Cup will be the last chance for many of its members to win a major international honour

We don't owe the fans anything because we always give our 100 percent.

"I spoke to Paulo about [those comments], what he said is the truth", the Argentina captain told Fox Sports.

There is so much pressure on Argentina superstar Lionel Messi at the World Cup that it is nearly like putting a revolver to his head.

Messi will turn 31 during the competition. Vice-captain Javier Mascherano has already announced he will retire from global duty after the World Cup, while Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain will all be 30 come the finals.

"[In Russia] it will be a good opportunity".

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Last week, Messi was forced to miss his nation's 2-0 victory over Italy, but the Barcelona star had suggested that he was on course to feature against Spain in Madrid. We have a debt with ourselves (the players).

Spain will host Argentina in the first worldwide to be played at Atletico Madrid's new Wanda Metropolitano stadium with both countries preparing for this year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

'Messi trained well, normally, so he is ready to play, ' assured Argentinean national team head coach Jorge Sampaoli Monday.

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Lopetegui is also waiting to assess whether centre-back Gerard Pique will be fit to play after sustaining a knock against Die Mannschaft and not being able to take part in training on Saturday. "I don't think there will be a problem tomorrow (Tuesday)".

The 25-year-old has risen to become one of the world's most skilled midfielders, ever since his time at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp where attacking football was the norm, to Barcelona where he recently moved for a £142 million deal.

"The more I play, the better I feel", he said. "We are in a position where he is untouchable".

"It is impossible to teach him anything".

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has experimented with his starting striker since dropping Alvaro Morata and recovering Diego Costa with the World Cup in Russian Federation less than three months away.

"When we're preparing for a game we're not thinking about what's in front of us", Lopetegui said.

"It's more hard for us to play there, I don't often go out to the left".

He has played 43 club games this season, but speaking to Fox while on global duty this week he brushed off suggestions that he is playing too much football.

Spain entertain Argentina in an eagerly-anticipated friendly at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday night.

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