Manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino included stars such as Guillermo Ochoa, Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera and Jimenez, who recently recovered from an injury that has left him without minutes since August.
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The 26-player list was whittled down from a preliminary 31-man squad that was revealed earlier this month.
By Monday, the last four cuts were Erick Sanchez, Jesus Angulo, Diego Lainez and Santiago Gimenez.
Of the four, the absences of Lainez and Gimenez are the most surprising and controversial decisions by Martino.
Although Gimenez is the current joint-top goalscorer in the 2023-24 Europa League, Martino hinted at the Feyenoord player possibly missing out on the World Cup after stating last week that the 21-year-old striker “has had few minutes” and that “sometimes, you have to look beyond the goals.”
Recent reports indicated that the 22-year-old was competing for a World Cup spot with Roberto Alvarado, a less attack-minded but more well-rounded winger option that Martino seems to prefer for Qatar.
With their upcoming fifth World Cup invite, Ochoa and Guardado (as well as Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina‘s Lionel Messi) will equal the tournament record for national team call-ups held by Germany‘s Lothar Matthaus, Italy‘s Gianluigi Buffon and fellow Mexico countrymen Antonio Carbajal and Rafael Marquez.
Mexico will have one final friendly — against Sweden (Nov. 16) in the Spanish city of Girona — before heading out to Qatar.
Mexico’s final World Cup squad
Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa, Rodolfo Cota, Alfredo Talavera
Midfielders: Erick Gutierrez, Orbelin Pineda, Hector Herrera, Carlos Rodriguez, Kevin Alvarez, Andres Guardado, Roberto Alvarado, Edson Alvarez, Luis Chavez, Uriel Antuna, Luis Romo, Hirving Lozano, Alexis Vega
Forwards: Rogelio Funes Mori, Henry Martin, Raul Jimenez