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The Mexico legend called out Vela, whom he said was foolish for declining call-ups to the national team.

El Tri legend Cuauhtemoc Blanco believes Mexico’s current national team lacks leadership.

“They lack two or three players, there is nobody that shouts and has authority,” Blanco told ESPN’s Jorge Ramos y su Banda program on Monday. “You need two rascals that shout and can get other players’ attention.”

Blanco said current captain Rafael Marquez isn’t the type of leader to talk to players and to be a strong presence in the locker room.

The former Club America player also highlighted his friendship with Carlos Vela, but questioned the Real Sociedad player’s decision to not play for the national team.

“He’s a pendejo for not going,” said 41-year-old Blanco in the same program. “It is his decision and you have to respect it, but it seems foolish to me.”

Lobos BUAP forward Blanco himself still harbors ambitions of extending his playing career and featuring again in Mexico’s first division, with the player indicating he may carry on after June, the month he said he was set to retire.

“I want to shut people up,” he said, referring to comments suggesting he is past playing in Mexico’s top flight.

A return to his beloved Club America doesn’t seem a realistic prospect for Blanco, who admitted talks with Las Aguilas but said the hierarchy didn’t feel he fit into the club’s current plans.