Blanco back in Mexico squad

MEXICO CITY - Mexico's controversial 37-year-old forward Cuauhtemoc Blanco, now playing in the domestic second division for Veracruz, has been named in the squad for next week's World Cup warm-up against Bolivia.

First division top-scorer Javier Hernandez, who has netted eight goals in six matches in the Clausura championship, was also named on Thursday in the 18-man squad picked by coach Javier Aguirre exclusively from the Mexican league.

Blanco, who played at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and has been capped more than 100 times, has had his ups and downs with national team coaches but gets on with Aguirre who brought him back into the fold during the qualifiers for the 2010 finals.

Mexico, who face hosts South Africa in the opening match of the World Cup on June 11 before playing France and Uruguay in Group A, will meet Bolivia in a friendly at Candlestick Park in the U.S. city of San Francisco on Wednesday.


Goalkeepers: Luis Ernesto Michel (Guadalajara), Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey)

Defenders: Paul Aguilar (Pachuca), Efrain Juarez (Pumas UNAM), Hugo Ayala (Atlas), Jonny Magallon (Guadalajara), Jorge Torres Nilo (Atlas), Adrian Aldrete (Morelia)

Midfielders: Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Israel Castro (Pumas UNAM), Luis Miguel Noriega (Puebla), Braulio Luna (San Luis)

Forwards: Aldo de Nigris (Monterrey), Javier Hernandez (Guadalajara), Pablo Barrera (Pumas UNAM), Enrique Esqueda, Angel Reyna (both America), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Veracruz)