Mexico blends youth and experience for 2018 World Cup
Mexico’s soccer squad for the 2018 World Cup hit the training field in Mexico City on Tuesday (May 21) to ready preparations for an upcoming friendly against Wales and Scotland, banking on a new generation of players alongside veterans to lift the team’s FIFA fortunes.
Earlier this week, coach Juan Carlos Osorio named his preliminary team for the World Cup. Veteran Rafa Marquez was put on the list alongside Mexico’s European stars like Benfica’s Raul Jimenez, West Ham United’s Javier Hernandez and Porto’s Diego Reyes.
Also in the mix are young players making their World Cup debut, such as 22-year-old Hirving Lozano from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, alongside more experienced players like 28-year-old Javier Aquino from local side Tigres.
The 28-man team named by coach Juan Carlos Osorio earlier this month will be trimmed down to 23 by June 4. Until then players will do their best to shine on the field with the upcoming friendlies.
Before Russia, Mexico goes up against Wales on the 28th May, before facing off with Scotland at home in Azteca Stadium on June 2nd.
Mexico are in what many have called the “group of death” in the first round of the FIFA tournament. The Latin American side kick off their campaign against champions Germany on June 17 before facing South Korea and Sweden in Group F.