Juan Carlos Osorio announces official 23-man Mexico squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup
This Monday, June 4, Juan Carlos Osorio named his official 23-man squad that will represent Mexico in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. There were not many surprises on the list and perhaps the biggest shock was the exclusion of centre-back Oswaldo Alanis.
The three goalkeepers that will feature in Russia this Summer will be Guillermo Ochoa, Jesus Corona and Alfredo Talavera. The rest of the players on the squad include Edson Alvarez, Hugo Ayala, Jesus Gallardo, Miguel Layun, Hector Moreno, Diego Reyes, Carlos Salcedo, Jonathan Dos Santos, Marco Fabian, Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera, Rafael Marquez, Javier Aquino, “Tecatito” Corona, Giovani Dos Santos, “Chicharito” Hernandez, Raul Jimenez, Hirving Lozano, Oribe Peralta and Carlos Vela.
Pachuca’s Erick Gutierrez is also on the squad as a substitute if any players do not recover from injuries on time.
Juan Carlos Osorio’s squad is comprised of 12 players that play in Europe, eight that play in the Liga MX and three that play in the MLS. The youngest player on the roster is Edson Alvarez at just 20 years old while Rafael Marquez is the most veteran player at 39 years old.
These 23 warriors have dreamed of this moment: To represent 🇲🇽 in the @FIFAWorldCup. This summer that dream comes true. Here is our roster for the #WorldCup 🇷🇺🏆⚽#NadaNosDetiene pic.twitter.com/L6Y73zyHMt
— Mexican National Team (@miseleccionmxEN) June 4, 2018
This El Tri team is very solid and is even considered by some critics and fans to be the best Mexico squad of all-time. While that is a very arguable claim, this is a strong squad that should at the very least make it out of the group stage.
The team has the talent and the experience to do it as 16 of the 23 players on the roster have previously played in a world cup in the past.