Mexico have the unwanted record of the most World Cup losses and they will be looking to change that at this summer’s tournament.
Former Tottenham and Barcelona forward Giovani Dos Santos will be Mexico’s main man but there is a huge blow that Carlos Vela, who scored 15 goals and contributed 11 assists for Real Sociedad this season, has not played for the national side since 2011.
It is unknown why Vela is a Mexican outlaw – some citing he no longer wants to play for the side while others believe Miguel Herrera has decided to leave him out due to an incident in September 2010 when Vela hosted a party after a friendly against Colombia.
With or without Vela, La Verde kick off their campaign against African opposition for the second successive World Cup with a match against Cameroon, they drew 1-1 against 2010 hosts South Africa this time four years ago.
Herrera’s side do not go into this tournament in high spirits having only qualified ahead of Panama on goal difference thanks to America scoring two two injury time goals against the North Americans.
They have also lost their last two fixtures before the World Cup, back to back 0-1 losses to Bosnia and Portugal may dampen spirits that were raised from four wins and two draws in their last six before the two defeats.