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Hernandez picked by Mexico

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has been included in Mexico's 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

Hernandez has endured a frustrating season at United after starting only six Premier League games, but he will be involved in the World Cup.

The forward is one of seven European-based players named in coach Miguel Herrera's squad, but there is no place for former Arsenal youngster Carlos Vela, who is now at Real Sociedad.

Giovani dos Santos, formerly at Tottenham and now at Villarreal, has been named, along with Porto duo Diego Reyes and Hector Herrera.

Veteran defender Carlos Salcido has played at the past two World Cups and has been selected, despite not featuring since Herrera was appointed coach last year.

Mexico, who reached the finals after beating New Zealand in a two-legged play-off, will face Cameroon in their opening match in Group A on June 13th before taking on hosts Brazil and Croatia.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)

Defenders: Rafael Marquez (Leon), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Espanyol), Paul Aguilar (America), Miguel Layun (America), Carlos Salcido (Tigres), Francisco Maza Rodriguez (America), Miguel Layun (Am?ca), Andres Guardado (Bayer Leverkusen)

Midfielders: Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon), Juan Carlos Medina (America), Hector Herrera (Porto), Carlos Pena (Leon), Luis Montes (Leon), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul), Isaac Brizuela (Toluca)

Forwards: Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United), Raul Jimenez (America), Alan Pulido (Tigres), Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal)