Confirming earlier reports by Univision’s Gibran Araige, the Federation of Mexican Football (FMF) released Gerardo Martino’s first convocados, a squad of 29 players, for Mexico’s March 2019 friendlies against Chile and Paraguay.
Among the players included in are Diego Lainez, Hector Moreno, Henry Martin, Hirving Lozano, Juan Pablo Vigon, Raul Jimenez, Jorge Sanchez, and Jose Juan Vazquez.
However, not all of El Tri‘s ‘stars’ are returning. Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and Andres Guardado had been undecided on whether he would accept a call into this side but accepted a callup regardless. On the other hand, Carlos Vela, Hector Herrera, and Antonio Briseno are among the embajadores who were neither included or out of the picture altogether.
Herrera, FC Porto’s current club captain, had already chosen to stay out of the national team side in order to take his Portuguese citizenship examination as to be able to gain both Portuguese citizenship and an EU passport.
El Tri will convene for games against Chile in San Diego on Friday, March 22 and against Paraguay in Santa Clara, California on Tuesday, March 26.
GOALKEEPERS: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege, BEL), Jonathan Orozco (Santos Laguna), Hugo Gonzalez (Necaxa), Raul Gudino (Chivas)
DEFENDERS: Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad, ESP), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jorge Sanchez (Club America), Carlos Salcedo (Tigres UANL), Diego Reyes (Leganes, ESP), Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey), Nestor Araujo (Celta de Vigo, ESP), Miguel Layun (Monterrey), Cesar Montes (Monterrey), Luis Rodriguez (Tigres UANL)
MIDFIELDERS: Juan Pablo Vigon (Atlas), Diego Lainez (Real Betis, ESP), Andres Guardado (Real Betis, ESP), Jesus Manuel Corona (FC Porto, POR), Jose Juan Vazquez (Santos Laguna), Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy, USA), Luis Montes (Leon), Carlos Rodriguez (Monterrey), Luis Montes (Leon), Roberto Alvarado (Cruz Azul), Erick Gutierrez (PSV Eindhoven, NED)
FORWARDS: Isaac Brizuela (Chivas), Henry Martin (Club America), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven, NED), Javier Hernandez* (West Ham United, ENG), Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton Wanderers, ENG), Victor Guzman (Pachuca), Rodolfo Pizarro (Monterrey), Alexis Vega (Chivas)