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Mexico coach to select World Cup squad from among 28 players

IANS  |  Mexico City 

Atlas midfielder and 16 players from European and US clubs form the core of the 28-man preliminary roster announced by Mexican ahead of

will need to trim the list to 23 before the tournament gets underway a month from now in Russia, where will compete in Group F along with South Korea, and defending champions Germany, reports

If Marquez makes it onto Osorio's final list, he'll be playing in his fifth

At the outside City, expressed confidence that some injured players will recover and those chosen for the will be in their best form.

will play friendlies against on May 28 in California; on June 2 at Aztec Stadium; and on June 9 in Copenhagen, after which the team will travel to

Mexico together with and is one of the three teams that has classified in the knockout stage in each of the last six World Cups, though it was never able to make it past the round of 16.

Preliminary World Cup roster:

Goalkeepers: (Standard Liege), (Cruz Azul) and

Defenders: (Eintracht Frankfurt), (Santos Laguna), Diego Reyes (Porto), (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), (Getafe), (America), (Pumas UNAM) and

Midfielders: Jesus Molina (Monterrey), (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Santos (LA Galaxy), (Real Betis), Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca), (Eintracht Frankfurt) and Giovanni Santos (LA Galaxy).

Forwards: (West Ham United), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), (America), Jesus Manuel Corona (Porto), (Los Angeles FC), (Tigres UANL), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven) and (Tigres UANL).



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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 16:08 IST