MEXICO CITY - Mexico coach Miguel Herrera yesterday announced his 23-man squad for the World Cup, with the inclusion of veteran defender Carlos Salcido perhaps the biggest surprise.
Tigres player Salcido, 34, who featured at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, had not previously been involved with El Tri since Herrera took over as coach last year.
The majority of the squad are based at home, including former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez, now of Leon, who will be featuring at his fourth consecutive World Cup finals.
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez of Manchester United is the best known European-based player in Herrera's squad, which does not feature Javier Aquino of Villarreal or Carlos Vela of Real Sociedad.
They are in Group A at the World Cup, alongside hosts Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon. Their opening game will be against Cameroon in Natal on June 13.
Mexico World Cup squad:
Goalkeepers: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Guillermo Ochoa (AC Ajaccio/FRA)
Defenders: Paul Aguilar, Miguel Layun (both Club America), Hector Moreno (Espanyol/ESP), Diego Reyes (FC Porto/POR), Francisco Rodriguez (Club America), Rafael Marquez (Leon), Carlos Salcido (Tigres)
Midfielders: Hector Herrera (FC Porto/POR), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon), Juan Carlos Medina (Club America), Carlos Pena (Leon), Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Luis Montes (Leon), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul), Andres Guardado (Bayer Leverkusen/GER)
Forwards: Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United/ENG), Raul Jimenez (Club America), Alan Pulido (Tigres), Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal/ESP)