Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez will have trouble making it into the Mexican squad if the comments of his national coach are anything to go by.
Manchester United lined up yesterday with a rather draconian looking 4-4-2 formation - with Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez up top. It was a rare start for the Mexican who has spent the majority of his United career as a substitute.
He failed to sparkle on this occasion though and in general he has struggled when given the chance to shine over the past two years.
His lack of football recently affected the quality of his play for the Mexican national team - to the point where he, and in fact every overseas based player, was left out of the recent World Cup qualifying play-off against New Zealand.
The nations new manager Miguel Herrera took over after a woeful display throughout the first part of CONCACAF qualifying campaign. And he quickly instilled a more gritty atmosphere to the team and left the likes of Chicharito, Giovani dos Santos and Carlos Vela in Europe.
Now the attention must turn to the World Cup itself - with Mexico drawn in Group A alongside hosts Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon.
And Herrera has made it clear what players will be going to the competition - and you know what, Hernandez might not be one of them:
“The core of the team is provided by the side that qualified and what we need to do now is stay competitive. When all’s said and done, we’ve been lucky.”
The team that got Mexico into the World Cup was the entirely domestic outfit fielded by the unabashed Herrera - not the flaky teams fielded by Jose Manuel de la Torre, Luis Fernando Tena or Victor Manuel Vucetich, all of whom were sacked during the qualifying campaign.
No, Hernandez was part of the team that finished below Costa Rica and Honduras in the final qualifying group after defeats to Costa Rica, at home to Honduras and against the United States - not to mention drawing against Jamaica and Panama.
The team that bailed them out of that mess was this bunch collected by Herrera - of which Hernandez is not currently a member.
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