Giovani dos Santos, Carlos Vela left out of Mexico squad for qualifiers
Los Angeles Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos and Real Sociedad's Carlos Vela have been left out of coach Juan Carlos Osorio's first Mexico squad since El Tri crashed out of the Copa America with a 7-0 loss to Chile at the quarterfinal stage.
Dos Santos and Vela missed out on the summer tournament and are once again sidelined, even with strikers Javier Hernandez and Oribe Peralta both missing the World Cup qualifying games against El Salvador away (Sept. 3) and Honduras at home (Sept. 7) due to injury.
Dos Santos had called for a second chance with the national team, while Villarreal midfielder Jonathan dos Santos' name was also left off the list, although he is recovering from injury.
Veteran Rafa Marquez remains part of the squad, which includes eight Europe-based players and first time call-ups for Atlas forward Martin Barragan, Queretaro's Angel Sepulveda and Chivas striker Angel Zaldivar.
El Tri is already through to the Hexagonal stage of CONCACAF qualifying having won its first four games in the group stage and is guaranteed to top the group, although El Salvador, Honduras and Canada are all battling it out for the runner-up spot.
The squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Granada), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul)
Defenders: Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (PSV), Yasser Corona (Cub Tijuana), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres), Paul Aguilar (Club America), Miguel Layun (Porto)
Midfielders: Jesus Molina (Santos Laguna), Jesus Duenas (Tigres), Andres Guardado (PSV), Hector Herrera (Porto), Carlos Pena (Chivas)
Forwards: Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Hirving Lozano (Pachuca), Jesus Corona (Porto), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Candido Ramirez (Atlas), Angel Sepulveda (Queretaro), Martin Barragan (Atlas), Angel Zaldivar (Chivas)
Tom Marshall covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @MexicoWorldCup.