The 5 European based players have been named ahead of the World Cup Qualifiers. They are: Giovani Dos Santos, Javier Hernandez, Hector Moreno, Javier Aquino and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa but missing from this list are Carlos Vela, Diego Reyes, Hector Herrera and Valencia’s Andres Guardado. READ MORE….
Victor Manuel Vucetich has named the European based players who will be joining up with the Mexico Squad ahead of the Qualifiers against Panama and Costa Rica and there are a few surprises. The main story is that, despite making noises to the contrary, it appears that Real Sociedad forward, Carlos Vela has turned down the chance to rejoin the squad. His name was absent from the list and Héctor González Iñárritu has now explained that he “spoke with Vela and he told me that for now he doesn’t feel ready to be in the squad.” Should Vucetich have spoken to him personally? Perhaps, but Vela would be a key player for Mexico and, in my opinion, if asked, any player should accept their countries call.
The other returning player is Guillermo Ochoa, Ajaccio’s goalkeeper who had reportedly refused his call-up under former Manager, Jose Manuel de la Torre. He has obviously now decided that the time is right to return and it had been expected that Vela would do the same.
The other players that missed out were, Porto duo Diego Reyes and Hector Herrera who have found playing time in the Estádio do Dragão hard to come by and Valencia’s, Andres Guardado. Guardado’s absence is perhaps more of a surprise given his regular status in the squad but Vucetich appears to have kept to his word in choosing players who have been playing regularly.
Javier Hernandez has obviously done enough in his cameo role for Manchester United and his goal in midweek against Liverpool must have helped. Whether or not he will be in Vucetich’s first team is another matter.