Salcido, Chicharito in Mexico World Cup squad
Mexico City: Mexico coach Miguel Herrera on Friday announced his 23-man squad for the World Cup, with the inclusion of veteran defender Carlos Salcido perhaps the biggest surprise.
Tigres player Salcido, 34, who featured at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, had not previously been involved with El Tri since Herrera took over as coach last year.
The majority of the squad are based at home, including former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez, now of Leon, who will be featuring at his fourth consecutive World Cup finals.
Javier `Chicharito` Hernandez of Manchester United is the best known European-based player in Herrera`s squad, which does not feature Javier Aquino of Villarreal or Carlos Vela of Real Sociedad.
Vela refuses to play for his country and has not turned out for Mexico in over three years.
Mexico toiled in qualifying for the World Cup, needing a play-off against New Zealand to make it to Brazil after finishing fourth in the final CONCACAF qualifying group.
They are in Group A at the World Cup, alongside hosts Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon. Their opening game will be against Cameroon in Natal on June 13.
Mexico World Cup squad:
Goalkeepers: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Guillermo Ochoa (AC Ajaccio/FRA)
Defenders: Paul Aguilar, Miguel Layun (both Club America), Hector Moreno (Espanyol/ESP), Diego Reyes (FC Porto/POR), Francisco Rodriguez (Club America), Rafael Marquez (Leon), Carlos Salcido (Tigres)
Midfielders: Hector Herrera (FC Porto/POR), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon), Juan Carlos Medina (Club America), Carlos Pena (Leon), Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Luis Montes (Leon), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul), Andres Guardado (Bayer Leverkusen/GER)
Forwards: Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United/ENG), Raul Jimenez (Club America), Alan Pulido (Tigres), Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal/ESP)