In latest chapter in the Carlos Vela/México national team saga, Miguel Herrera named the Real Sociedad striker among his overseas-based players for the forthcoming friendlies in Europe against the Netherlands and Belarus. The 25-year-old divides opinion given his obvious talents but his refusal to link up with the squad in the past. Would El Tri benefit from having a player of Vela’s calibre, the Mexican who has consistently performed at the highest level over the past two years? Absolutely. Should Miguel Herrera keep offering the olive branch to a player who has previously rejected the opportunity to represent his country? This is a topic of debate.
México play the Netherlands on November 12th and Belarus on the 18th and the suggestion is that Carlos Vela is ready to answer his nation’s call. There is no doubting that a squad with the striking options of Vela, along with Javier Hernández, Raúl Jiménez, Gio dos Santos and Oribe Peralta would be formidable, and the envy of most of the squads in world football, let alone CONCACAF.
Going by Miguel Herrera’s comments on the matter, this may well be the last chance for Vela. “If he says no, he’ll say so publically. It’s a call-up to find out where he’s at.”
However, El Piojo is obviously optimistic: “I’ve received news of Carlos, that he wants to be in the squad and that he’s excited”
For those against calling-up Vela, the suggestion is that the striker has rejected the national side and therefore cannot be trusted. At just 25 years of age it is too early to write off Vela completely. If he is willing and ready to rejoin the squad then he should be given the chance as his talents could be a huge boost to El Tri.
Vela could have perhaps already made his intentions public and stated that he is open to play for México but the fact that he hasn’t should not be held against him. Miguel Herrera and the FMF have now made their intentions perfectly clear and it is with Vela.
Vela was joined in this squad by: Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga), Javier Hernández (Real Madrid), Hector Herrera (FC Porto), Diego Reyes (FC Porto), Andrés Guardado (PSV Eindhoven), Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal), Jonathan Dos Santos (Villarreal), Raúl Jiménez (Atlético Madrid), Jesus Manuel Corona (F.C. Twente)