Danny Murphy claims that Lionel Messi and Cristian Romero are the only two Argentinians that could get into the England side.

Both countries have had very different starts to the World Cup, with Murphy clearly not believing the hype that surrounds the South Americans in Qatar.

Romero started in Argentina’s World Cup opening defeatGetty

Argentina were on the receiving end of one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history on Tuesday as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against Saudi Arabia, with both Messi and Romero featuring in the starting lineup.

England, however, were 6-2 winners against Iran in their opener, and Murphy has now revealed his belief that the aforementioned duo are the only two players from the Copa America holders that would start for the Three Lions.

Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, the former midfielder said: “I was looking at the Argentina team, and sometimes you easily get drawn on the narrative from the press, they’re unbeaten in 35, they’ve got Messi, they must be one of the favourites.

“When I actually looked at the game and we were going through the players, I mean I’ll ask you now, how many of those players get in our team?

“Two? No more than three. You fit Messi in obviously, maybe Romero would get in at centre-half when he’s at it, I know he has been injured for Tottenham.”

Murphy then struggled to think of anyone else that would find a starting spot in Gareth Southgate’s team, who return to World Cup action on Friday evening.

England, on the other hand, were emphatic against IranGetty


The Three Lions will face the USA in their second match of Group B, before coming up against neighbours Wales next week.

A win on Friday would see England progress to the round of 16 and extend their gap at the top of the standings.

Argentina on the other hand will be looking to respond from their surprise defeat, which ended their 36-match unbeaten run.

They will face Mexico and Poland in their remaining group games, with both sides holding each other to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday night.

It could be a big ask for Argentina, who are already on the back foot despite being one of the favourites to win this year’s World Cup.

England would certainly fancy their chances against Messi and co at the moment and should they both make it out of their groups, they could meet later down the line in the tournament.

“I was looking at the Argentina team…”

“How many of those players get into the England team? Two, maybe three!”

“You’d fit Lionel Messi in, and then maybe Romero if he is at it.”

Danny Murphy doesn’t get the hype that surrounds the Argentina team! pic.twitter.com/4caF71TfmI

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