According to Héctor González Iñárritu, director of Mexican national teams, the Tricolor will need more players in Europe for the national team to succeed in Russia 2018. “We have right now, of the players that went to the World Cup, eight players in Europe but Colombia has 20, Costa Rica has 14, Chile has 18, and the United States has 14,” explained Iñárritu to Medio Tiempo. “So, we figure out that when a player is at a higher level of competition that when they play with the national team the have more to offer; it’s the reality, that is one of the points that I will make in my report to the Mexican Football Federation.
Iñárritu’s idea is for the Mexican club owners to facilitate the transfers of young players to European clubs. Iñárritu came to the conclusion of having more players abroad being essential to the national team’s improvement after observing the growth of the other latin american teams at the 2014 Brasil world cup. “I want to ask what everyone has been asking for, that the younger players get more playing time, that if there is an offer from Europe that is convenient for the club and player, that for the club not to be too ambitious and facilitate the transfer.”
For Iñárritu the future of the Mexican national team looks bright as it wll combine players from various promising generations that when they reach the world cup will have even more international experience. “The national team will have a combination of players from the 2005 U-17 championship squad, the Olympic gold medal winners, the players that finished in 3rd place at the Colombia U-20 world cup, and many players that won the 2011 U-17 world cup. And then there are the players that were not part of the process in those tourneys like Jürgen Damm and Hirving Lozano. There are many players that have sprung up and others that have been showing an impressive progress.”
The Mexican national team will begin taking shape as early as September as the Tricolor plans on playing two friendly games in September, in the United States, and another one in October as well as one more match in Mexico. In Novermber the Tricolor plans on playing in Europe against the Netherlands in Amsterdam and possibly against Belarus in Minsk. Iñárritu explained that the Tri’s focus will be on winning the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup which will allow the squad to have a play-offs match against the United States that awards a ticket to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
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