Eriksson selects first Mexico squad for qualifiers

July 31, 2008

Mexico coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has included Brazil-born midfielder Leandro Augusto Oldoni in the Swede's first squad since being appointed manager in June.

The 30-year-old from Cascavel, who is a naturalised Mexican, will have his national-team experience in a training camp from August 4 to 6.

Oldoni has played in Mexico since 2000. After one season at Leon, he moved to Pumas in 2001 where he won two local leagues and the 2003-04 Mexican title.

The 23-man squad, comprised entirely of home-based players, will meet up as preparation for the third stage of the World Cup qualifiers, which begins on August 20 against Honduras at the Estadio Azteca.

Jamaica and Canada are the other two teams in Group Two.

No players from Cruz Azul or San Luis players have been named as they will be playing a round-six league game on August 6.

Eriksson also revealed there will be a second camp on August 11 and 12 for which the personnel may change.

Mexico squad: Sanchez (Santos), Ochoa (America), Corona (Tecos); Esparza, Magallon (both Guadalajara), Rojas (America), Lopez, Pinto (both Pachuca), Duenas (Toluca), Martinez (Morelia), Castillo (Santos); Perez (Monterrey), Pineda, Medina, Morales (all Guadalajara), Correa (Pachuca), Oldoni (Pumas), Arce, Torres (both Santos); Bautista (Jaguares), Landin (Morelia), Arellano (Guadalajara), Ochoa (Monterrey).