Mexico v Cameroon preview
Javier Hernandez has been left out of Mexico's starting line-up for Friday's opening World Cup Group A clash with Cameroon at Natal’s Arena das Dunas.
Hernandez managed just six Premier League appearances for Manchester United last season and started on the bench in Mexico's recent friendly defeat to Portugal having gone nine games without a goal.
As expected, coach Miguel Herrera has now named the country's third most prolific international goalscorer of all time on the substitute's bench against Cameroon, with Oribe Peralta and Giovani dos Santos confirmed as the strikers for the 5pm kick-off.
"The competition is very tough," Herrera told a news conference at the stadium on Thursday.
"The team that started against Portugal made me very happy on the offensive. There was good chemistry between Dos Santos and Oribe."
Mexico lost 1-0 to Portugal in a World Cup warm-up in Foxborough, Massachusetts last week.
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa played the second half as a substitute and did enough to earn the starting spot ahead of Jose Corona, who had started the match against the Portuguese.
"I have three goalkeepers, it was a very difficult decision," added Herrera. "It was a decision of the whole technical team and we decided to go with Ochoa."
For Cameroon, Henri Bedimo may get the nod at left-back over Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Captain Samuel Eto'o will spearhead their attack.
Mexico team: Guillermo Ochoa, Rafael Marquez, Francisco Javier Rodriguez, Hector Moreno, Paul Aguilar, Miguel Layun, Jose Juan Vazquez, Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera, Giovani Dos Santos, Oribe Peralta.