Gimenez raises hand for Mexico call-up

The soon-to-be Mexican citizen could be available for Chepo de la Torre as soon as September, should the El Tri boss elect to call up the veteran Cruz Azul standout.
A consistent performer in the Liga MX and a hero to Cruz Azul fans, Argentina-born forward Christian “Chaco” Gimenez would now love a shot with the Mexico national team.

Gimenez, 32, is currently in the final stages of gaining his Mexican citizenship, meaning he could potentially be called into the squad as soon as September.

“Defending the national team implies an enormous responsibility, it would be nice for me, but I wouldn’t do it because of that,” Gimenez told reporters in Mexico City. “My naturalization is more for the affection and gratitude (to the country).”

Gimenez arrived in Mexico in 2004 and has played for Veracruz, America, Pachuca and Cruz Azul. The Argentine has indicated he will stay in Mexico when his career is over.

“I thought a lot about it, I spoke with my wife and soccer-wise I made my name here in Mexico,” explained Gimenez. “I have a special affection for the shirt, for the country.

“Obviously we’re talking about a supposition, there’s nothing more really and I’m not yet naturalized, but if the coach (Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre) calls, it would be a pleasure to try to help.”

Chaco’s statement comes at a time when Mexico has only one win in six games in World Cup qualifying and limped out of the Confederations Cup at the group stage.

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