Nestor de la Torre has sent a clear message to Edgar Castillo, after the Tigres defender declared his interest to play with the United States national team, claiming that there is no room in the Tricolor for players not convinced that they belong with the national team.
to the national team should be a pride, a satisfaction, a great
responsibility because of what it represents. If someone is not
convinced of that then a player with those doubts does not interest
us," de la Torre said in a press conference. "There is no room in the
national team for people like that."
The Mexican national team
director’s words were not specifically aimed at Castillo but at the
current situation, so that it will not be repeated again with
footballers not convinced that they want to play with the Tricolor.
is not personal," de la Torre said. "Any player that does not have the
aspirations, the desire, does not feel pride, does not belong with the
national team, anyone; name anyone, all of the registered players have
to have an identity and everything that represents more than 100
The FMF official feels that they should not
have to convince players to play for the national team - that is
something that should come from the footballer’s desire.
not have to convince anyone," de la Torre said. "On the contrary, the
player has to convince with their qualities, development, attitude,
performance, will, desire, pride, and hunger to be in the national
team, to want to represent their country, and for that we do not need
to convince anyone.”
De la Torre went on to praise players that
have maintained their illusion to receive a call up even after playing
for over 10 years.
“Those are the players that should be taken into account,” he said.
Regarding Castillo not being cap-tied to the Tricolor; de la Torre said it came down to missing paperwork.
last time he was capped he lost his papers and could not acquire a
letter from his father in order to get another passport so he was not
able to participate in an official game," Castillo said. "Still, he has
already been with the team and because of his doubt’s then I do not
think that type of player belongs in the national team."