The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has announced the list of players called up for Mexico’s September World Cup Qualifiers against Panama and Costa Rica.
The roster is missing some familiar names, with Oribe Peralta and Carlos Salcedo injured and Rafa Márquez dealing with his legal troubles. Miguel Layún, who is having trouble finding minutes with Porto, is also a notable absence. On the other hand, Jesús Manuel Corona is back on the roster after “Tecatito” missed the Confederations Cup for personal reasons.
The complete 25-man roster is as follows:
Goalkeepers (3): Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege), Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul), Rodolfo Cota (Chivas de Guadalajara).
Defenders (6): Diego Reyes (Porto), Edson Álvarez (América), Néstor Araujo (Santos), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Jair Pereira (Chivas), Héctor Moreno (AS Roma).
Midfielders (8): Jesús Gallardo (Pumas), Héctor Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Orbelín Pineda (Chivas), Erick Gutiérrez (Pachuca), Jesús Dueñas (Tigres), Andrés Guardado (Real Betis), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad).
Forwards (8): Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Jesús Manuel Corona (Porto), Jürgen Damm (Tigres), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV), Javier Hernández (West Ham), Raúl Jiménez (Benfica), Elías Hernández (León).
Update (8/27): Erick Gutiérrez and Elías Hernández were dropped due to injury and replaced by Raúl López (Pachuca) and César Montes (Monterrey)