Rafa Marquez returns to Mexico setup

The former Red Bulls man makes a return to the El Tri fold at the expense of another veteran defender, Maza Rodriguez.
Former Barcelona defender Rafa Marquez heads the list of players Mexico coach Victor Manuel Vucetich has called into a special training session next week ahead of El Tri’s vital World Cup qualifiers.

The 34-year-old current Leon player was one of the 25 domestic-based players called up by Vucetich and follows on from his good form in the Apertura championship.

One noticeable absentee was America’s Francisco “Maza” Rodriguez, who has been a stalwart of the national team in recent years.

Argentina-born midfielder Lucas Lobos was named to his first Mexico squad and joins fellow naturalized players Damian Alvarez and Christian Gimenez.

Tigres have the most players in the squad with five, followed by Monterrey with four and Leon also with four.

The group will meet up on Sunday in Mexico City and return to their club sides after training on Wednesday.

Mexico plays Panama in the Estadio Azteca on October 11 and travels to Costa Rica on October 15 in games that will decide its World Cup fate.

1. Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul)
2. Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
3. Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey)
4. Severo Meza (Monterrey)
5. Hiram Mier (Monterrey)
6. Rafael Marquez (Leon)
7. Miguel Layun (America)
8. Hugo Ayala (Tigres)
9. Jonny Magallon (Leon)
10. Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres)
11. Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul)
12. Carlos Salcido (Tigres)
13. Jesus Zavala (Monterrey)
14. Luis Montes (Leon)
15. Carlos Pena (Leon)
16. Isaac Brizuela (Toluca)
17. Christian Gimenez (Cruz Azul)
18. Angel Reyna (Veracruz)
19. Damian Alvarez (Tigres)
20. Fernando Arce (Tijuana)
21. Marco Fabian (Chivas)
22. Oribe Peralta (Santos)
23. Lucas Lobos (Tigres)
24. Raul Jimenez (America)
25. Aldo de Nigris (Chivas)