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Gerardo Martino hints at new faces in Mexico squad

IANS  |  Mexico City 

suggested that reputations will count for nothing when he picks his first squad for international friendlies against and next month.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday after a three-day national training camp with Mexico-based players, Martino warned that even El Tri's most established players cannot take their place for granted, reports

"The players who play will be in the team because of their present form, their disposition and their value (to the team)," Martino said.

Among the players who might have been listening is Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, scorer of just 12 goals in 46 matches for West Ham since his July 2017 move from Leverkusen.

Mexico's all-time leading scorer with 50 goals in 105 matches, Hernandez has not represented El Tri since last year's in and sections of Mexico's media have questioned the former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker's commitment to the national team.

"Javier Hernandez will be considered," said former and Martino, who was appointed boss on a four-year deal last month. "To represent your country should be sufficient motivation. If the has to motivate a to come then we would have a serious problem."

There are also doubts about whether LA Galaxy brothers Giovani and will be selected for next month's friendlies given they are yet to return from League Soccer's extended off-season break.

"We can't be full of players who aren't playing, but yes there are cases where we can put value on players that we could need and there could be circumstances where players who aren't playing could be called up," Martino said.

will play in on March 22 and in four days later.



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First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 13:42 IST