MEXICO CITY: Mexico coach Gerardo Martino named his final squad for Qatar with veteran goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and midfielder Andres Guardado heading to their fifth World Cup.
Guardado, 36, who plays for Spain’s Real Betis, was one of nine Europe-based players called up by Martino, who hopes to take Mexico to their first World Cup quarter-final in more than three decades.
Ochoa, 37, is the Mexican national team’s most capped goalkeeper and won plaudits in the 2014 World Cup for almost single-handedly holding Brazil at bay to help his side earn a 0-0 draw.
Winger Jesus Corona was ruled out due to injury after suffering a broken leg and a torn ankle ligament in training with Sevilla. — AFP
Veteran striker Javier Hernandez of the Los Angeles Galaxy was left out having played in the last three World Cups.
Mexico, who are in World Cup Group C, will face Poland on Nov 22, Argentina on Nov 26 and Saudi Arabia on Nov 30. — AFP
Goalkeeper: Rodolfo Cota, Guillermo Ochoa, Alfredo Talavera
Defenders: Kevin Alvarez, Nestor Araujo, Gerardo Arteaga, Jesus Gallardo, Hector Moreno, Cesar Montes, Jorge Sanchez, Johan Vasquez
Midfielders: Edson Alvarez, Roberto Alvarado, Uriel Antuna, Luis Chavez, Andres Guardado, Erick Gutierrez, Hector Herrera, Orbelin Pineda, Carlos Rodriguez, Luis Romo.
Forwards: Rogelio Funes Mori, Raul Jimenez, Hirving Lozano, Henry Martin, Alexis Vega.