[WORLD CUP 2014 COUNTDOWN]
Mexico coach Miguel Herrera
, who went without any of El Tri's European-based players for the
World Cup qualifying playoffs, has called in eight "Europeos" for the March 5 friendly against Nigeria in Atlanta. World Cup 2014 qualifying
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16 Javier Hernandez (Manchester United)
14 Andres Guardado (Bayer
12 Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal)
12 Hector Moreno (Espanyol)
11 Javier Aquino (Villarreal)
5 Hector Herrera (Porto)
4 Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio)
Diego Reyes (Porto)
Herrera, who took over El Tri, first on an interim basis, after Mexico dropped to fourth in the final Hexagonal standings, recently returned from a whirlwind tour of
Europe where he met with many of Mexico's stars.
Five of the players had started in the USA's 2-0 win over Mexico in Columbus. For the playoff series against New Zealand, Herrera,
Mexico's fourth coach in five qualifiers, went solely with Mexican-based players, the majority from Club America, which he coached.
The one player not returning for the game against
Nigeria will be Real Sociedad's Carlos Vela
, who has been at odds with the Mexican federation and did not take part in qualifying.