We finally know the 26 Mexican players who will travel to Qatar with the dream of reaching the long-awaited fifth game.
Argentine coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino revealed his squad, with the definitive inclusion of striker Raúl Jiménez of Wolverhampton, a player whose participation in the World Cup was in doubt due to an injury.
There is no doubt that the most relevant names on this list are Guillermo Ochoa and Andrés Guardado, who will be playing in their fifth World Cup, a milestone that in this edition will only be reached by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
As expected, Jesús "Tecatito" Corona is out of the roster, as he has not recovered from a serious injury suffered in August.
Gerardo Martino's team makes its debut on November 22 against Poland, then faces Argentina on November 26 and closes its participation in the group stage against Saudi Arabia on November 30.
Chicharito and the forgotten ones
It was obvious that Javier Hernandez would not be on the list, but there was always hope that he would appear in Qatar at the last minute.
Mexico's all-time leading scorer had alleged indiscipline problems in the past, which is why Martino decided to remove him from the team some time ago.
Obviously, the absence of LAFC's Carlos Vela, who is coming off winning the MLS championship, was noticed. Despite the fact that the talented attacker has been performing well, coach Martino had already decided to leave him off the roster.
Diego Lainez, the creative player for Sporting Braga (Portugal), was also left out. In recent years, Lainez has been considered one of Mexico's most promising young talents and will have to wait another four years to finally make his World Cup debut.
Mexico is not having a good time
Martino's process has been anything but smooth, as "El Tri" has been far from showing their best game, and the time to finalize details is over. The coach will have to try his best in Qatar in a very complicated Group C, with Argentina, Poland, and Saudi Arabia.
In the World Cup qualifiers, Mexico was not able to defeat Canada or the United States in four games, and this speaks of the low level the team has shown. Fortunately, the Mexican side did its job against lesser opponents such as Costa Rica, Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago, and Panama. After all, Mexico is considered the giant of CONCACAF and was obliged to qualify.
Mexico is one of the teams with the highest number of preparation matches prior to the World Cup. "El Tri" played 10 games, winning four, tying three, and losing three. Only one more game is to be played against Sweden before they make their debut in Qatar.
Santiago Giménez, who has been playing regularly for Dutch side Feyenoord, also missed out on the roster. The ex-Cruz Azul striker has seen quality minutes in the Europa League, but other Liga MX attackers beat him in the race.
MEXICO SQUAD FOR QATAR 2022
Guillermo Ochoa (América/MEX), Alfredo Talavera (Juárez/MEX), Rodolfo Cota (León/MEX).
Jesús Gallardo (Monterrey/MEX), César Montes (Monterrey/MEX), Héctor Moreno (Monterrey/MEX), Johan Vásquez (Cremonese/ITA), Kevin Álvarez (Pachuca/MEX), Jorge Sánchez (Ajax/NED), Gerardo Arteaga (Genk/BEL), Néstor Araujo (América/MEX).
Héctor Herrera (Houston Dynamo/USA), Andrés Guardado (Betis/SPA), Orbelín Pineda (AEK Atenas/GRE), Edson Álvarez (Ajax/NED), Carlos Rodríguez (Cruz Azul/MEX), Luis Romo (Monterrey/MEX), Erick Gutiérrez (PSV/NED), Luis Chávez (Pachuca/MEX).
Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey/MEX), Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton/END), Alexis Vega (Chivas/MEX), Hirving Lozano (Napoli/ITA), Henry Martín (América/MEX), Roberto Alvarado (Chivas/MEX), Uriel Antuna (Cruz Azul/MEX).