international friendly

Ayala earns first call up to Mexico squad

January 17, 2009

Mexico coach Sven-Goran Eriksson handed a debut call-up to midfielder Lucas Ayala when he named his 23-man squad for a friendly against Sweden later this month.

Eriksson plans to hold a three-day training camp next week before the friendly international in Oakland, United States on January 28.

Mexico's manager Guillermo Cantu said: "There is still a final list to give but it is likely that many of these players will face Sweden and will also be the base ahead of the World Cup qualifiers."

Mexico resume their qualifying campaign for South Africa 2010 against the USA

Squad: Oswaldo Sanchez (Santos), Guillermo Ochoa (America), Jesus Corona (UAG); Juan Valenzuela, Edgar Castillo (both America), Julio Dominguez, Fausto Pinto (both Cruz Azul), Edgar Duenas (Toluca), Leobardo Lopez (Pachuca), Diego Martinez (Monterrey), Israel Castro (UNAM); Pavel Pardo (America), Leandro Augusto (UNAM), Luis Perez (Monterrey), Israel Martinez (San Luis), Lucas Ayala (Atlas), Antonio Naelson (Toluca), Alberto Medina, Fabian de la Mora (both Guadalajara); Vicente Vuoso (Santos), Carlos Ochoa (Guadalajara), Nestor Calderon (Toluca), Cesar Villaluz (Cruz Azul).