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Govea, Jonathan Gonzalez and Pizarro in Mexico squad for upcoming friendlies

Poland v Mexico: International Friendly Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images

Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio has announced his 28-man squad for the upcoming World Cup warmup matches against Iceland and Croatia.

Osorio took the step of calling most of his regulars. However, the Mexico boss hopes to take one final look at several players, including Royal Excel Mouscron youngster Omar Govea and California-native Jonathan Gonzalez. Others included are Pachuca’s Jorge “Burrito” Hernandez and Toluca goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera, who makes his first return with the national team since suffering a lengthy knee injury.

Giovani dos Santos was not included in Osorio’s team following a hamstring injury during LA Galaxy’s 2-1 defeat to NYCFC last weekend.

Mexico’s friendlies against Iceland in Levi’s Stadium and Croatia in AT&T Stadium are set to played in March 23 and 27, respectively.

Mexico begin their World Cup campaign against Germany on June 17 in Moscow.


Goalkeepers: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege)

Defenders: Edson Alvarez (Club America), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Hugo Ayala (Tigres UANL), Jesus Gallardo(Pumas UNAM), Miguel Layun (Sevilla), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Diego Reyes (FC Porto), Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Midfielders: Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey), Omar Govea (Mouscron), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Jorge Hernandez (Pachuca), Hector Herrera (FC Porto), Jesus Molina (Monterrey), Rodolfo Pizarro (Chivas)

Forwards: Javier Aquino (Tigres UANL), Jesus Manuel Corona (FC Porto), Jurgen Damm (Tigres UANL), Javier Hernandez (West Ham), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles Football Club)