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Mexico names preliminary squad for World Cup qualifying, Confederations Cup

Mexico faces several vital matches in the coming months as El Tri take on World Cup qualifying and the Confederations Cup. With that in mind, Juan Carlos Osorio unveiled an expanded squad featuring many of the national team’s regulars.

Osorio revealed a 32-man squad on Tuesday as Mexico looks ahead to a pair of vital World Cup qualifiers. El Tri is set to take on host Honduras on June 8 before taking on the U.S. Men’s National Team at the Azteca three days later.

Prior to the two qualifiers, Mexico will play two friendlies, facing Croatia on May 27 before taking on Ireland on June 1.

Many of the team’s notable regulars were named to the squad, including Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernadez, Carlos Vela, Andres Guardado and Miguel Layun. Veteran Rafael Marquez was also included despite injury concerns.

Several players, including Giovani Dos Santos, will skip out on the friendlies before joining up for June qualifiers. Osorio is also expected to draw on this roster for the upcoming Confederations Cup, which runs from June 17 to July 2.

Here’s a closer look at the Mexico squad:

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

Defenders: Oswaldo Alanis (Chivas), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Raul Lopez (Pachuca), Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Moreno (PSV), Diego Reyes (Espanyol), Luis Reyes (Atlas), Carlos Salcedo (Fiorentina)

Midfielders: Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal), Jesus Duenas (Tigres), Andres Guardado (PSV), Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca), Elias Hernandez (Leon), Jorge Hernandez (Pachuca), Hector Herrera (Porto), Miguel Layun (Porto), Jesus Molina (Monterrey), Orbelin Pineda (Chivas)

Forwards: Javier Aquino (Tigres), Jesus “Tecatito” Corona (Porto), Jurgen Damm (Tigres), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Marco Fabian (Frankfurt), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Hirving Lozano (Pachuca), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad)

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