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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 May 2006, 10:34 GMT 11:34 UK
La Volpe names Mexico Cup squad

Claudio Suarez at Mexico's training camp
Suarez works on his upper-body strength at Mexico's training camp
Mexico coach Ricardo La Volpe has included 37-year-old defender Claudio Suarez in his 23-man World Cup squad.

Suarez, who appeared in the 1994 and 1998 tournaments, impressed La Volpe after returning to the national team.

Defender Joel Huiqui and midfielders Israel Lopez and Jaime Lozano have been cut from the initial 26-man squad.

Two naturalised players, Brazilian-born Antonio Naelson and Argentine-born Guillermo Franco, are in the squad, as is La Volpe's son-in-law Rafael Garcia.

La Volpe caused controversy when he omitted Cuauhtemoc Blanco, 33, from his original 26-man squad.

Huiqui, who plays for Cruz Azul, has won eight caps, mainly in friendlies played in the last year.

Lopez, a defensive midfielder who plays for Mexican champions Toluca, made his debut in 2000 and has been in and out of the side since. He also missed out on the 2002 World Cup.

Lozano scored 11 goals in the World Cup qualifiers but has suffered a loss of form this year.

"I'm sure everyone wanted the 26 to remain but unfortunately we have to give a list to Fifa and this is the way it has to be," said Mexican Football Federation director Guillermo Cantu.

With the exception of the four foreign-based players, the squad has been in a training camp since 2 April.

La Volpe's squad will head to France on May 20 and play a friendly against Les Bleus in Paris seven days later. The squad will then travel to Eindhoven and play Holland on 1 June.

Mexico are in World Cup Group D along with Angola, Iran and Portugal.

Goalkeepers: Oswaldo Sanchez (Guadalajara), Guillermo Ochoa (America), Jesus Corona (Tecos).

Defenders: Jose Antonio Castro (America), Rafael Marquez (Barcelona), Mario Mendez (Monterrey), Ricardo Osorio (Cruz Azul), Francisco Rodriguez (Guadalajara), Carlos Salcido (Guadalajara), Claudio Suarez (Chivas USA, USA), Andres Guardado (Atlas), Gonzalo Pineda (Guadalajara)

Midfielders: Luis Perez (Monterrey), Pavel Pardo (America), Antonio Naelson (Toluca), Rafael Garcia (Atlas), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Ramon Morales (Guadalajara)

Forwards: Jared Borgetti (Bolton Wanderers, England), Guillermo Franco (Villarreal, Spain), Francisco Fonseca (Cruz Azul), Omar Bravo (Guadalajara), Jesus Arellano (Monterrey)


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