ENGLAND VS MEXICO PREVIEW
Whereas Mondays friendly match is the first for England since the season end it will be Mexico’s 9th since the New Year with 3 more to come before they open the World Cup against hosts, South Africa.
Manager Javier Aguirre organized these fixtures to best prepare his young squad with extra experience in preparation for their games against South Africa, France and Uruguay respectively. However in these games the European based players were omitted and only the North American league players included.
Despite this the England match will provide the first major test for Javier Aguirre’s side as the previous games have generally been against far inferior opposition such as Iceland, North Korea and New Zealand.
England fans will recognize the likes of Raphael Marquez, Giovanni Dos Santos and Guillermo Franco but the greater interest will probably fall upon recent Manchester United signing Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez of which much is expected by the Mexican public. The diminutive striker has earned his move to Old Trafford after impressing for Mexican giants Chivas and the national squad.
In defence Aguirre may defer in favour of the European based players in captain Rafael Marquez, Osario of Stuttgart and the Dutch based pair of Carlos Salcido and Hector Moreno. The goalkeeper should be Americas Guillermo Ochoa although his recent league form has been erratic at best.
Mexico’s best player this season has been Andres Guardado of Deportivo La Coruna who’s bursting left wing runs may trouble the English defenders if given space. He will be joined in midfielder by Gerrado Torrado who plays as a sitting midfielder, Israel Castro and the mercurial Giovanni Dos Santos.
A three pronged attack should include aged, talisman Cuauhtemoc Blanco sitting behind Emirates Stadium ghost Carlos Vela and Chicharito.
Guillermo Ochoa (America)
Ricardo Osorio (Stuttgart), Rafael Marquez (Barcelona), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven),
Hector Moreno (AZ Alkmaar)
Andres Guardado (Deportivo La Coruna), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Israel Castro (Pumas UNAM), Giovani dos Santos (Galatasaray)
Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Veracruz),
Javier Hernandez (Manchester United)
Game prediction : England 3 – Mexico 1