Herrera calls up Chicharito for October friendlies

The Real Madrid forward will be on Mexican soil in October when the national team hosts two friendlies while another Madrid-based forward missed out on the squad.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez will join up with the Mexico national team as a Real Madrid player for the first time next month. 

The news comes off the back of his two-goal performance for Real Madrid in the team’s 8-2 victory over Deportivo La Coruna last Saturday. 

The 26-year-old striker will meet with El Tri for home matches games against Honduras in Tuxtla Gutierrez on Oct. 9 and Panama in Queretaro on Oct. 12, with Hernandez closing in on Jared Borgetti’s all-time goal-scoring record for Mexico.

The other foreign-based players called in by Miguel Herrera are Malaga goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, Rayo Vallecano’s Javier Aquino, Porto’s Hector Herrera and Chivas USA’s Erick “Cubo” Torres.

Mexico’s final fixtures of 2014 will take place in Europe against the Netherlands and Belarus, with Herrera expected to name a predominantly Europe-based squad. Atletico's Raul Jimenez, Villarreal's Gio dos Santos and Jonathan dos Santos, and Porto's Diego Reyes could be included then but will not feature in October.