Mexico has released their 24-man roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and Honduras. El Tri will visit El Salvador on September 2nd and then host Honduras on September 6th.
Mexico is already qualified for the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, but they will be looking for statement wins anyway after a disappointing summer that involved a historic loss in the Copa América Centenario and crashing out in the group stage of the Río Olympics.
The roster consists of sixteen domestic-based players and eight “europeos”. The most-represented club is Porto, with four representatives; the most-represented Liga MX clubs are Tigres UANL and Atlas, with three representatives each.
There are a few new faces on the roster: with Javier “Chicharito” Hernández out with a broken hand, Osorio has called up three uncapped forwards: Martín Barragán, Ángel Zaldívar, and Ángel Sepúlveda.
There are a number of regulars on the team as well, including the evergreen Rafa Márquez, as well as Europe-based mainstays like Miguel Layún and Andrés Guardado.
The complete roster is as follows:
Goalkeepers (3): Guillermo Ochoa (Granada), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), José de Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul).
Defenders (8): Rafael Márquez (Atlas), Néstor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Diego Reyes (Porto), Héctor Moreno (PSV Eindhoven), Yasser Corona (Tijuana), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres UANL), Paul Aguilar (América), Miguel Layún (Porto).
Midfielders (5): Jesús Molina (Santos Laguna), Jesús Dueñas (Tigres UANL), Andrés Guardado (PSV Eindhoven), Héctor Herrera (Porto), Carlos Peña (Chivas de Guadalajara).
Forwards (8): Raúl Jiménez (Benfica), Hirving Lozano (Pachuca), Jesús Manuel Corona (Porto), Javier Aquino (Tigres UANL), Cándido Ramírez (Atlas), Ángel Sepúlveda (Querétaro), Martín Barragán (Atlas), Ángel Zaldívar (Chivas de Guadalajara).
Update (8/29): Paul Aguilar, Néstor Araujo, and Jesús Manuel Corona were removed from the roster due to injury and replaced by Orbelín Pineda (Chivas de Guadalajara), Hugo Ayala (Tigres UANL), and Elías Hernández (León), respectively.