Captain to continue

Marquez: I am not ready to quit Mexico

July 28, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Mexico captain Rafael Marquez has refuted reports that he is set to retire from international football, revealing that he plans to play for his country for at least two more years and may even continue until the next World Cup.

Rafael Marquez,Mexico
GettyImagesRafael Marquez has played in the last three World Cups for Mexico

Marquez, who played at the recent World Cup in South Africa, has appeared 94 times for Mexico and played in three World Cups for El Tri, but is still only 31 and eager to to carry on representing his country.

"Much has been said about whether I am going to carry on playing for the national team or not, but I see myself there for at least two more years,'' he told reporters in Guadalajara.

"After that we'll see how I am, how I feel and the condition I can be in for the next World Cup. The truth is I don't know, but if I'm in not in a condition to play then I will prefer to give the opportunity to the younger players. But I am planning to carry on in the national team.''

Marquez has spent seven years at Barcelona, but is reportedly set to join his former Barca team-mate Thierry Henry at the New York Red Bulls.