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Marquez to lead Mexico World Cup squad despite legal woes

AFP  |  Mexico City 

Veteran defender was named Monday to Mexico's preliminary 28-squad for the World Cup, despite his advancing years and legal woes in a US drug trafficking investigation.

Marquez, 39, took a nearly three-month break from after the accused him last August of being a "front person" for a drug trafficking group based in the Mexican city of

But said the former FC Barcelona player, who recently retired from club Atlas, would bring invaluable leadership.

"Off the pitch, there's no debate, he's the who can bring the most to this team," he said.

Marquez, who will be playing in his fifth World Cup, was included in the squad as a rather than a defender.

Brothers and Jonathan dos Santos, who both play for the Los Angeles Galaxy, were also named as midfielders.

Osorio's list includes 12 players from European clubs and three from League Soccer in the

He plans to announce his final list of 23 players on June 2, after Mexico's farewell home match, a friendly with

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 09:35 IST