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World Cup 2010: Mexico drop Jonathan dos Santos

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Barcelona midfielder Jonathan dos Santos has been left out of Mexico's 23-man final squad for this summer's World Cup in South Africa.

The 20-year-old made his Barcelona debut this season, as the club secured a second successive La Liga title.

Dos Santos' older brother Giovani, currently on loan at Galatasaray from Tottenham, is selected in the squad.

Strikers Carlos Vela of Arsenal and Guillermo Franco, who was recently released by West Ham, are included.

Javier Hernandez, who is set to join Manchester United this summer, provides coach Javier Aguirre with yet further attacking options.

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But he will have to do without Morelia striker Miguel Sabah, who did not make the initial 26-man provisional squad as he struggles to recover from a tendon injury in his leg.

Dos Santos' exclusion means Aguirre's squad contains only five recognised midfielders.

However, defender Rafael Marquez, a team-mate of Dos Santos' at the Nou Camp can play in midfield if required.

Mexico, who are preparing for the World Cup in Germany, are in Group A with hosts South Africa, Uruguay and France.


Mexico squad:

Goalkeepers: Memo Ochoa (America), Luis Ernesto Michel (Chivas), Oscar Perez (Chiapas)

Defenders: Rafael Marquez (Barcelona), Ricardo Osorio (Stuttgart), Hector Moreno (AZ Alkmmar), Francisco Rodriguez (PSV Eindhoven), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven), Paul Aguilar (Pachuca), Efrain Juarez (Pumas UNAM)

Midfielders: Jonny Magallon (Guadalajara), Jorge Torres Nilo (Atlas), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Israel Castro (Pumas UNAM), Andres Guardado (Deportivo La Coruna)

Forwards: Pablo Barrera (Pumas UNAM), Adolfo Bautista (Guadalajara), Alberto Medina (Guadalajara), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Veracruz), Javier Hernandez (Guadalajara), Giovani dos Santos (Galatasaray), Guillermo Franco (West Ham), Carlos Vela (Arsenal).



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see also
Bafana Bafana duo in anxious wait
10 May 10 |  World Cup 2010
France keep uncapped duo in squad
17 May 10 |  World Cup 2010
Martinez out of Uruguay Cup squad
01 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
McCarthy dropped by South Africa
01 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Man Utd to sign striker Hernandez
08 Apr 10 |  Man Utd
Giovani joins Galatasaray on loan
27 Jan 10 |  Tottenham


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