Oribe Peralta is planning to announce his retirement from international play after the World Cup.
"It's going to be my last World Cup. After Russia, I'm retiring from the national team," Peralta told MarcaClaro .
The 34-year-old went to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, scoring against Cameroon, but enters this summer in much worse form than he did in 2014. Peralta hadn't scored for Club America in more than 900 minutes as the season came to a close and with Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Raul Jimenez ahead of him on the depth chart there has been speculation about how secure his place on the roster is.
Manager Juan Carlos Osorio has said, however, that he would like to take three No. 9s to the tournament, seeming to clear the way for Peralta to make the squad once again. The forward said he's confident that El Tri has what it takes to perform well this summer and even get past the round of 16 where they've stalled out in the past six tournaments.
"We have enough talent to take the step, to be champions of the world, to go there and get what we want," Peralta said. "It's in our hands to do it."
Peralta said making a World Cup is "every kid's dream" and said it was "incredible" to score in Brazil. While Peralta currently plays for former Mexico manager Miguel Herrera at club level, he had nothing bad to say about current Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who has been criticized heavily despite his positive record.
"For me, he's a very prepared coach, someone who knows what he wants and knows how to express that to his players," he said. "He knows how to give this confidence so they'll do what he says. People only don't like his style of work because it's different."