Mexico World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up

first_imgFIXTURESSunday, June 17: GERMANY v Mexico (Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow): kick-off 16:00Saturday, June 23: SOUTH KOREA v Mexico (Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don): kick-off 16:00Thursday, June 27: Mexico v SWEDEN (Yekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg): kick-off 15:00KITS Mexico take part in their 16th World Cup this summer. take an in-depth look at the Group F nation…MANAGERJuan Carlos Osorio has come a long way since being Kevin Keegan’s assistant manager at Manchester City. Thirteen years on, he leads Mexico into their sixth consecutive finals and 16th overall, a total bettered only by four teams.Osorio began his managerial career in his native Colombia, before two spells in the MLS and then bouncing across Latin America, from Colombia again to Mexico and then Sao Paulo in Brazil. Just five months after his arrival at Estadio do Morumbi, his current employers came calling.With his current contract running out after the tournament and having rejected an extension, Osorio has the weight of 125million football crazy fans on his shoulders. Not one to hide his passion, he landed himself a six-game ban at last year’s Confederations Cup for verbally abusing the match officials.CAPTAINA titan of the Mexican national team, Andres Guardado has accrued an astonishing 144 caps despite still only being 31.A left-sided defender and midfielder in his early career, Guardado is now the heartbeat of the Mexican midfield and assumed the captaincy from his idol Rafael Marquez after the 2014 World Cup.Guardado made his name in Spain, first with Deportivo before moving to Valencia and later Real Betis. His partnership in the middle of the park with Hector Herrera could provide the key to a seventh consecutive appearance in the World Cup knockouts for El Tri.KEY PLAYERWest Ham’s Javier Hernandez is the ultimate poacher, and finds himself leading the line at a third World Cup. Already Mexico’s record goalscorer with 49 goals in 101 caps, ‘Chicharito’ blends instinct with guile, making him a defender’s nightmare and a constant penalty box threat.Having waned at the end of his five-year Old Trafford stint, Hernandez bounced back with Bayer Leverkusen before returning to the Premier League in 2017. He struggled in the second half of the season with West Ham but was still their second top-scorer with eight.Hernandez burst onto the scene at the 2010 World Cup, scoring against France and Argentina. With Gio dos Santos and Carlos Vela alongside him, Hernandez should get plenty of chances to show off his prodigious finishing ability.ONE TO WATCH22-year-old Hirving Lozano did all he could to gain a starting spot in Russia, firing in 19 goals from the wing in his debut season with PSV. His double away at Belgium in December showed he is ready for the international stage.Lozano’s talent comes with a fiery temperament however, sent off twice this season for violent conduct. If he can keep his cool, he should be more than a handful for Mexico’s Group F opponents. RECORD IN QUALIFYINGMexico breezed through their first qualifying stage with five wins and a draw against Honduras, Canada and El Salvador. They then topped the final stage too, losing only once to Honduras in their ten group games. They clinched their World Cup place with three games to spare, becoming the fourth team to qualify after Brazil, Iran and Japan.TOURNAMENT PREPARATIONEl Tri face Scotland in Mexico City on June 2 before a trip to Brondby to face Denmark a week later. They then wait eight days for their opening World Cup game, against defending champions Germany.BASE CAMPTraining base Novogorsk-Dynamo, MoscowPROBABLE LINE-UPtalkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 4 4last_img