Miguel Herrera has confirmed that all of the overseas players selected for the forthcoming friendlies have accepted the call and so it is clear now that Carlos Vela will return to play for El Tri after his self-imposed exile. Understandly, Vela still divides opinion and there are those who are not so quick to forgive the 25-year-old after he rejected the opportunity to represent México at the World Cup.
The Vela saga has by no means reached a conclusion with this latest news but Miguel Herrera appears to have got his wish and have the talented striker available to November’s friendlies against the Netherlands and Belarus.
Herrera was optimistic when he named Vela in his squad but yesterday confirmed “Carlos will be there in Holland,” adding, “Of the call-ups, all will be coming.”
Adding Vela to the already talented line-up of attacking options is a welcome boost to El Tri but the Real Sociedad player will have some way to go before winning back the support of all the fans.
At 25, Vela has potentially a number of years back in the national side and over time and with some success and commitment all this will be forgotten but Vela must now leave his ego to one-side and win back his place.
Of course, Carlos Vela is the major talking point but Herrera’s confirmation also applied to: 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)