Mexican national team head coach Gerardo Martino revealed his take on Chicharito’s future role in the team, adding 'communication is not closed' between the two.
Chicharito’s lack of involvement with El Tri has been a source of controversy, with many adding the team’s record goalscorer should constantly be on the roster. The reality is, however, that the LA Galaxy frontman has not featured for the Mexican national team since September 2019, last playing in a friendly against the United States.
Now, as the Mexican side prepares for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, the pressure is on Tata Martino to formulate the perfect squad. When asked directly if Chicharito could be included, he responded with 'the doors are not closed'.
“The communication is not closed off with Javier. On the one hand, the doors are open, but on the other, I don’t call him up. The doors are open for everyone, there are other players that have decided not to be involved and I respect the decision, but in this case he’s not closed to the possibility of ever featuring.”
President of the Mexican Football Federation Yon de Luisa supported Martino’s statements, deferring the choice of calling up players to the head coach as he sees fit.
“There is a footbalistic element that is undoubtedly there, but I would not frame the discussion from a football perspective. It’s the only side of his career that cannot be debated, he’s a player that has played in Manchester United, Madrid, but there are other names that are arising that we don’t necessarily agree on but that have made the head coach not call him up in the last two years, said de Luisa.
“The decision is one hundred percent Tata Martino’s, he decides who to call up and I’ve spoken with Gerardo Torrado and approved on behalf of the FMF. What I would like to recognise is the players that have been a part of this process and we as a federation should appreciate and be grateful to those who have been here, and thankful to the clubs that have allowed us to borrow players.”
Napoli’s Chucky Lozano and Wolverhampton player Raul Jimenez are the current frontmen for the national team as they worked to qualify El Tri for the World Cup. But things can change before Qatar given the team’s busy summer. Mexico announced they will participate in five friendlies and the Concacaf Nations League, giving players an opportunity to prove themselves.