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Gio dos Santos aims to make El Tri

December 12, 2013
By ESPN staff, , ,

Villarreal forward Giovani dos Santos said Mexico was overly critical of its players seeing action in Europe during 2014 World Cup qualifying.

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Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty ImagesGio dos Santos says it is time to put criticism of El Tri in the past.

"We were all criticised too much, all of us playing in Europe, but we have to accept that," Dos Santos said during a news conference Thursday. "But now that is in the past and what matters is now. Now each and every one of us must show who is capable of going to the World Cup and who is not."

Dos Santos said he will do his "best possible work," but understands that it is up to coach Miguel "Piojo" Herrera whether Dos Santos is included on El Tri.

Asked whether he would approach Herrera, Dos Santos said: "I don’t have to ask for explanations, and I don’t have to ask to go to the World Cup. I think each player earns the trip with his performance on the team and that is what I will try to do."

Regarding Mexico’s Group A draw along with Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon, Dos Santos called it "complicated, like all the others," but added that Mexico has "a good team with great players. Mexico can have a great World Cup. There are six months left to work and because of that many players are going to improve and arrive at the World Cup in top shape."

Mexico plays its first match in Brazil on June 12 vs. Croatia at Arena Corinthians in Sao Paolo.

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