Mexico City, May 15: Atlas midfielder Rafael Marquez and 16 players from European and US clubs form the core of the 28-man preliminary roster announced by Mexican national coach Juan Carlos Osorio ahead of the 2018 World Cup. Osorio will need to trim the list to 23 before the tournament gets underway a month from now in Russia, where Mexico will compete in Group F along with South Korea, Sweden and defending champions Germany. If Marquez makes it onto Osorio’s final list, he’ll be playing in his fifth World Cup. At the national team training centre outside Mexico City, Osorio expressed confidence that some injured players will recover and those chosen for the World Cup will be in their best form.
exico together with Germany and Brazil is one of the three teams that has classified in the knockout stage in each of the last six World Cups, though it was never able to make it past the round of 16. IANS