Mexico's U-23 squad begins Olympic run-up in France

CONCACAF's U-23 champions have touched ground in Toulon, France, where they will face Morocco on Thursday in their first pre-Olympic match of the summer.
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Mexico's U-23 team has commenced its preparation for London 2012 in Toulon, France. The team coached by Luis Fernando Tena trained at the Stade et Gymanse Delaune in Toulon on Wednesday morning, for what will be the first full workout en route to the clash with Morocco on Thursday.

Hiram Mier, Darvin Chavez, Cesar Ibañez and Candido Ramirez all reported with the team Wednesday evening, after being granted a few extra days of rest due to their activity in the Mexican Primera finals which pitted Santos against Monterrey.

Tena's boys will now start play in the Toulon tournament, an internationally renowned Cup that is traditionally responsible for uncovering young talent that is usually strongly attended by top European club scouts.

"The level in this tournament is always very strong, now more so that they've upped the age limit to 23 and we're all here with our best players," said Tena at the end of the morning practice.

"We have to give this the importance, seriousness and intensity it deserves. We know that we still don't have the over-23 players while some teams do. That doesn't matter, it's not an excuse. We have to play well, with intensity and of course, win," Tena continued.

Mexico's three allotted over-23 picks have yet to be revealed, with speculation centering on a goalkeeper to be selected from the likes of Ajaccio's Guillermo Ochoa and Cruz Azul's Jose de Jesus Corona, a defender that will likely be Hector Moreno from Espanyol, and a striker, widely believed to be Santos Laguna's Oribe Peralta.

Tottenham's Giovani dos Santos can also be selected as an under-23 player.

Mexico will face Morocco at 11:45 AM EST at the De Lattre stadium in Aubagne to kick off its run in the Toulon tournament.

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