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Mexico announce final 23 for the World Cup

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Mexico coach Javier Aguirre has named his squad of 23 players who will be traveling to the FIFA World Cup this summer. El Tri recently bamboozled Gambia with a 5 - 1 thumping of the African minnows and it gave former Atletico Madrid coach Aguirre enough reasons to add and subtract the necessary ingredients that his side need to succeed at the World Cup.

The 51-year old coach cut 3 players out from his provisional squad of 26 after their dominance against Gambia. Jonathan Dos Santos who played the whole game against the African team failed to make it to the World Cup but his brother Giovanni did. Defenders Juan Carlos Valenzuela (Club America) and Adrian Aldrete (Morelia) were the other two other players who also failed to book a ticket to South Africa this summer.

"The Mexican Football Federation is grateful to Jonathan Dos Santos, Juan Carlos Valenzuela and Adrian Aldrete for their dedication, discipline, professionalism and commitment shown during the preparations with the national team," was a statement published on the official website of the Mexican Football association.

Mexico are drawn in Group A alongside hosts South Africa, France and Uruguay. They will play the inaugural game of the 1st FIFA World Cup in the African continent against the hosts on the 11th of June.

The Squad

Goalkeepers - Guillermo Ochoa (America), Luis Ernesto Michel (Chivas), Oscar Perez (Chiapas)

Defenders - Rafael Marquez (Barcelona), Ricardo Osorio (Stuttgart), Hector Moreno (AZ Alkmaar), Francisco Rodriguez (PSV Eindhoven), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven), Paul Aguilar (Pachuca), Efrain Juarez (Pumas), Jonny Magallon (Guadalajara), Jorge Torres Nilo (Atlas)

Midfielders - Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Israel Castro (Pumas), Giovani dos Santos (Galatasaray), Andres Guardado (Deportivo La Coruna), Pablo Barrera (Pumas), Alberto Medina (Guadalajara)

Forwards - Adolfo Bautista (Guadalajara), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Veracruz), Javier Hernandez (Guadalajara), Guillermo Franco (West Ham), Carlos Vela (Arsenal)

Read more about the Mexican team and their opponents in our detailed team preview.

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Group Competitior Previews: Uruguay, South Africa, France

Group A Preview

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