There were few surprises when Miguel Herrera named his squad for the friendly with Nigeria on March 5th although with the European players included we get a clearer view perhaps of Herrera’s plans for the World Cup. Moisés Muñoz came back into the squad at the expense of Toluca’s, Alfredo Talavera but there was no place for America striker, Raul Jimenez. The youngster has been struggling recently and so Alan Pulida keeps his in the squad’s striking options along with Oribe Peralta and Javier Hernandez. Perhaps based on recent form, one player unfortunate to not be named is Cruz Azul’s, Marco Fabian. His wonder goal at the weekend kept Cruz Azul at the top of Liga MX and more performances like that could see Fabian force a way in.
El Tri face Nigeria in Atlanta on March 5th probably with group A opponents, Cameroon in mind. Despite improved performances in recent months, Mexico still have the daunting task of qualifying from a strong group which also includes hosts, Brazil and Croatia. Certainly the odds on Mexico as things stand on 888sport, rate their chances as level with Croatia to follow Brazil to the knockout rounds and huge outsiders to progress much further. Perhaps some strong performances in the friendlies planned before the World Cup kicks off could change that.
Squad for Nigeria
Jesús Corona – Cruz Azul
Moisés Muñoz – América
Guillermo Ochoa- AC Ajaccio
Paul Aguilar – América
Enrique Pérez – Atlas
Juan Carlos Valenzuela – América
Rafael Márquez – León
Francisco Javier Rodríguez – América
Miguel Ponce – Toluca
Miguel Layún – América
Diego Reyes – FC Porto
Héctor Moreno- RCD Espanyol de Barcelona
José Juan Vazquez – León
Juan Carlos Medina – América
Isaac Brizuela – Toluca
Luis Montes – León
Carlos Peña – León
Javier Aquino – Villarreal C.F.
Héctor Herrera – FC Porto
Andrés Guardado – Bayer Leverkusen
Alan Pulido – Tigres
Oribe Peralta – Santos
Javier Hernández- Manchester United FC
Giovani Dos Santos- Villarreal C.F.