Mexico World Cup 2022 squad: Final 26-man squad for Mexico national team Roster in Qatar

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Mexico national team manager Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has been promising that there will not be many surprises in the list of players he names to the final roster for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The intrigue with El Tri will come in the form of injuries, especially among the forwards. Scoring problems have plagued Mexico over the past year, with Mexico’s top strikers struggling for fitness and form in recent months and it is unclear whether some of them will be able to recover in time.

Mexico announced its preliminary World Cup squad on October 26 ahead of a November 9 friendly against Iraq in Spain. This match will help Martin decide which 26 players to take to Qatar.

El Tri will camp in Girona, Spain before flying to Qatar. They will play games against Iraq on November 9 and Sweden on November 16, before opening Group C against Poland on Tuesday, November 22.

Here is the projected preliminary roster and final lineup for the World Cup in Mexico based on Martin’s invitations and lineup decisions in recent months.

Mexico World Cup squad 2022

Manager Tata Martino had until Friday, October 21 to submit to FIFA an official preliminary list of 35-55 players, from which he will select his final 26-man roster for Qatar by Monday, November 14.

The preliminary list was officially unveiled on October 26 by the Mexican federation. Below is the list of players.

Those that didn’t make the preliminary list include Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez who has been frozen out of the national team since 2019 by Martino. Chicharito’s exclusion is unsurprising given Martino’s continued stance on the player, but it remains controversial given the player’s good form for the LA Galaxy and Mexico’s attacking woes.

Also not included was Chicharito’s LA Galaxy teammate Julian Araujo, Monterrey playmaker Rodolfo Pizarro, and Chivas midfielder Fernando Beltran. Pizarro is a well-known figure, but he has not been involved heavily with the national team since 2020, while Beltran has been a fringe player over the past six months.

Position Player Club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota Club Leon (MEX) 35 8
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa Club America (MEX) 37 129
Goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera FC Juarez (MEX) 40 38
Defender Kevin Alvarez Pachuca (MEX) 23 5
Defender Jesus Angulo Tigres UANL (MEX) 24 11
Defender Nestor Araujo Club America (MEX) 31 60
Defender Gerardo Arteaga Genk (BEL) 24 16
Defender Jesus Gallardo Monterrey (MEX) 28 76
Defender Cesar Montes Monterrey (MEX) 25 27
Defender Hector Moreno Monterrey (MEX) 34 124
Defender Jorge Sanchez Ajax (NED) 24 24
Defender Johan Vasquez Cremonese (ITA) 23 6
Midfielder Edson Alvarez Ajax (NED) 24 58
Midfielder Luis Chavez Pachuca (MEX) 26 5
Midfielder Andres Guardado Real Betis (ESP) 36 177
Midfielder Erick Gutierrez PSV Eindhoven (NED) 27 33
Midfielder Hector Herrera Houston Dynamo (USA) 32 101
Midfielder Orbelin Pineda AEK Athens (GRE) 26 48
Midfielder Carlos Rodriguez Cruz Azul (MEX) 25 33
Midfielder Luis Romo Monterrey (MEX) 27 25
Midfielder Erick Sanchez Pachuca (MEX) 23 6
Forward Roberto Alvarado Chivas (MEX) 24 30
Forward Uriel Antuna Cruz Azul (MEX) 25 33
Forward Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona Sevilla (ESP) 29 71
Forward Rogelio Funes Mori Monterrey (MEX) 31 15
Forward Santiago Gimenez Feyenoord (NED) 21 8
Forward Raul Jimenez Wolves (ENG) 31 96
Forward Diego Lainez Braga (POR) 22 20
Forward Hirving Lozano Napoli (ITA) 27 59
Forward Henry Martin Club America (MEX) 29 23
Forward Alexis Vega Chivas (MEX) 24 20

Mexico World Cup group

El Tri, No. 13 in the FIFA world rankings, were drawn into Group C of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Only the top two teams in each group will advance.

Mexico will hope to have mustered enough points from their first two matches, against Robert Lewandowski’s Poland and Lionel Messi’s Argentina, to be in position to advance on the final matchday against Saudi Arabia.

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Tues, Nov. 22 Argentina vs. S. Arabia 5 a.m. Lusail Stadium
Tues, Nov. 22 Mexico vs. Poland 11 a.m. Stadium 974
Sat, Nov. 26 Poland vs. S. Arabia 8 a.m. Education City Stadium
Sat, Nov. 26 Argentina vs. Mexico 2 p.m. Lusail Stadium
Wed, Nov. 30 Poland vs. Argentina 2 p.m. Stadium 974
Wed, Nov. 30 S. Arabia vs. Mexico 2 p.m. Lusail Stadium

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