(CNN Spanish) — The top scorer of the Mexican soccer team, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández, is not part of those called up to the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The coach, Gerardo ‘el Tata’ Martino, did not consider him for the squad.
“In the case of Javier Hernández, I have simply defined myself by other forward centers,” said the Mexico coach at a press conference at the end of September this year, ahead of a friendly match between Mexico and Colombia before the World Cup. “In the case of Carlos Vela, he told me about three and a half years ago that he preferred not to be called up to the Mexico national team and that did not change.”
Javier Hernández, who plays for LA Galaxy of the MLS, played in the 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cups, and is the top scorer for the Mexican team. Hernández, who made his debut with ‘El Tri’ in 2009, has played 109 games with the Mexican team and has scored 52 goals so far.
Hernández played 12 games in three World Cups: South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018. He scored 4 goals in these tournaments: one against France and one against Argentina in 2010, one against Croatia in 2014 and one against South Korea in 2018.
“I am going to continue doing it in the best way on and off the field to try to earn an opportunity,” Hernández told Deportes CNN in September of this year, before the statements of ‘Tata’ Martino.
“If it does not arrive, like every professional player who is not taken into account, it is to support the team from afar and continue working. There is no more,” added Hernández.
Chicharito, at 34, is already a veteran of the national team and despite his performance Martino gave way to some new faces on the attacking front. The Argentine coach brought strikers Raúl Jiménez, Hirving Lozano, Uriel Antuna, Henry Martín, Alexis Vega and Rogelio Funes Mori to the World Cup in Qatar.
In the World Cup, Mexico is in Group C where it will debut on November 22 against Poland, four days later it will face Argentina and will finish the first phase against Saudi Arabia on November 30.
— With information from Reuters.