Mexico included Raul Jimenez of their males’s 2022 World Cup squad on Monday however had no room for Diego Lainez or Santiago Gimenez.
Manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino included stars similar to Guillermo Ochoa, Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera and Jimenez, who lately recovered from an damage that has left him with out minutes since August.
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The 26-player checklist was whittled down from a preliminary 31-man squad that was revealed earlier this month.
Sevilla’s Jesus “Tecatito” Corona was the primary to be lower from the preliminary squad on Nov. 8 after being unable to get better in time from a fractured fibula.
By Monday, the final 4 cuts have been Erick Sanchez, Jesus Angulo, Diego Lainez and Santiago Gimenez.
Of the 4, the absences of Lainez and Gimenez are probably the most shocking and controversial choices by Martino.
Although Gimenez is the present joint-top goalscorer within the 2023-24 Europa League, Martino hinted on the Feyenoord participant probably lacking out on the World Cup after stating final week that the 21-year-old striker “has had few minutes” and that “sometimes, you have to look beyond the goals.”
In his place, No. 9s like Club America’s Henry Martin, Monterrey’s Rogelio Funes Mori and Jimenez have been included.
As for Lainez, the risk-taking winger was an impactful substitute for Mexico in World Cup qualifying, but in addition somebody who has severely lacked appearances with Braga in Portugal this season.
Recent reviews indicated that the 22-year-old was competing for a World Cup spot with Roberto Alvarado, a much less attack-minded however extra well-rounded winger possibility that Martino appears to desire for Qatar.
Ten gamers from Mexico’s 2018 World Cup roster will return in 2022: Alfredo Talavera, Hector Moreno, Edson Alvarez, Erick Gutierrez, Jesus Gallardo, Ochoa, Herrera, Guardado, Jimenez and Lozano.
With their upcoming fifth World Cup invite, Ochoa and Guardado (in addition to Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi) will equal the match document for nationwide crew call-ups held by Germany’s Lothar Matthaus, Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon and fellow Mexico countrymen Antonio Carbajal and Rafael Marquez.
Mexico could have one closing pleasant — in opposition to Sweden (Nov. 16) within the Spanish metropolis of Girona — earlier than heading out to Qatar.
In the group stage, Martino and his males will face Poland (Nov. 22), Argentina (Nov. 26) and Saudi Arabia (Nov. 30).
Mexico’s closing World Cup squad
Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa, Rodolfo Cota, Alfredo Talavera
Defenders: Nestor Araujo, Jesus Gallardo, Gerardo Arteaga, Hector Moreno, Jorge Sanchez, Johan Vasquez, Cesar Montes
Midfielders: Erick Gutierrez, Orbelin Pineda, Hector Herrera, Carlos Rodriguez, Kevin Alvarez, Andres Guardado, Roberto Alvarado, Edson Alvarez, Luis Chavez, Uriel Antuna, Luis Romo, Hirving Lozano, Alexis Vega
Forwards: Rogelio Funes Mori, Henry Martin, Raul Jimenez