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Germany are the defending world champions, beating Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 final

The final round of World Cup qualifying is taking place, and 28 countries are already assured of their places alongside hosts Russia at next summer's 32-team tournament.

Lionel Messi says it makes him angry when people claim he makes the big decisions for the national team. Messi, whose hat-trick took Argentina to the World Cup last month, has been accused of selecting coaches and influencing which players do and do not make the squad in the past.

The Barcelona forward, however, criticised the “ridiculous” comments which have been made about him.

“It makes me angry that people say so many things so easily,” Messi told ESPN about his thoughts on the suggestion he runs the Argentina team.

“People say a lot of things without knowing. So, on one hand, it makes me angry. But, on the other hand, I am used to everything that they say.

Andy Murray (right) played a singles and a doubles match at the charity event in Glasgow

Britain's Andy Murray hopes to make his competitive return in Brisbane in January following a hip injury - but only if he is 100% fit. The Scot lost 6-3 3-6 10-6 to world number two Roger Federer as part of a charity event in Glasgow on Tuesday.

It was the first time Murray, 30, had played in public since he lost to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon in July.

"I am in a significantly better place than at the end of Wimbledon and in the build-up to the US Open," said Murray.

Tyson Fury says he has been kept from "providing for his family"

UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) fears it could be made insolvent or require a government bailout over a dispute with Tyson Fury. Former world heavyweight champion Fury tested positive for a banned steroid in June 2016, and says the adverse result came from eating uncastrated wild boar.

But a legal battle with Ukad over the evidence has meant Fury, 29, has not fought for two years.

Now senior figures at the agency are worried if he were cleared, Fury could sue for loss of earnings.

Given he reportedly makes up to £5m a fight before other revenue streams are factored in, any potential payout would severely challenge Ukad with its annual budget of around £8m.

Wales failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup despite winning three of their last four qualifiers

Wales will play in the the China Cup in March 2018 along with Uruguay and the Czech Republic. The competition was held for the first time in January 2017 between Chile, Croatia and Iceland and hosts China.

The prospect of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale travelling to the Far East to take part is thought to be a major factor in Wales being invited.

Wales would be guaranteed two matches - a semi-final and a final or third-place play-off.

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