Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez was a surprise omission from the Mexico squad for the Copa America.
The 27-year-old striker has definitely not secure the same kind of first-team football as he would have done at any other club around the world. It was initially the reason behind his move to Real Madrid on a season-long loan. However, Carlo Ancelotti only used a marginally with Karim Benzema being given bulk of the workload of leading the team. This was thought to be one of the reasons behind Hernandez not being included in the recent squad submitted by Miguel Herrera.
After an impressive debut season at Old Trafford, Hernandez has struggled for first-team opportunities. He should complete a permanent move away from United in the summer. However, the inability to impress at a major tournament like the Copa America will certainly be a setback in his chances of securing a high-profile move. Instead, Hernandez may have to settle for a mid-table team in order to get regular football. The striker made his debut for Mexico in 2009 and he has been one of their consistent players due to the absence of Carlos Vela on some occasions.
The forward has featured in 73 games for Mexico and has scored 40 goals.”We didn’t know who to talk to in order to ask for Chicharito to play at either the Copa America or the Gold Cup. We would love to have had Chicharito with us but the ‘what might have been’ doesn’t exist,” said the Mexico manager. The team went on to suffer a very disappointing 2015 Copa America after failing to win any of their group matches. They finished bottom of the group andHerrera expects some big performances from his team in the upcoming Gold Cup. Mexico open the tournament with a game against Cuba.