Angel Zaldivar (white jersey), shown in action for Mexico during a pre-Olympic Games friendly against Nigeria on July 3, 2016, was called up to the senior squad for a pair of World Cup qualifiers in September 2016. (Photo: Mexsport)
MEXICO CITY – With his team having already clinched advancement, Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio named Thursday a 24-player roster for the last matches in the fourth round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Uncapped forwards Martin Barragan, Angel Sepulveda and Angel Zaldivar were included in the side, while the attacking tandem of Javier Hernandez and Oribe Peralta will miss out through injury.
Regardless of its results against El Salvador (September 2, away) and Honduras (September 6, home), Mexico (4W-0D-0L, 12 points) will finish first in Group A.
Also meriting selection were the Porto quartet of Jesus Corona, Hector Herrera, Miguel Layun and Diego Reyes. Corona and Layun netted in a 3-0 win at Roma in a UEFA Champions League qualifying playoff on Wednesday, giving the Portuguese power a place in the group stage, 4-1 on aggregate.
The squad will convene on August 28 at the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol’s Centro de Alto Rendimiento facility.
GOALKEEPERS: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Granada/Spain), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
DEFENDERS: Paul Aguilar (Club America), Nestor Araujo (Santos), Yasser Corona (Club Tijuana), Miguel Layun (Porto/Portugal), Rafael Marquez (Atlas), Hector Moreno (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands), Diego Reyes (Porto/Portugal), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres)
MIDFIELDERS: Jesus Dueñas (Santos), Andres Guardado (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands), Hector Herrera (Porto/Portugal), Jesus Molina (Santos), Carlos Peña (Guadalajara)
FORWARDS: Javier Aquino (Tigres), Martin Barragan (Atlas), Jesus Corona (Porto/Portugal), Raul Jimenez (Benfica/Portugal), Hirving Lozano (Pachuca), Candido Ramirez (Atlas), Angel Sepulveda (Queretaro), Angel Zaldivar (Guadalajara)