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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov, 15, 2008

Castillo in Mexico squad for World Cup qualifier

Forward Nery Castillo has been included in Mexico's squad for next week's World Cup qualifier away to Honduras despite a lack of match practice with his Premier League club Manchester City.

Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson also recalled midfielder Pavel Pardo, Mexico's most experienced player with 143 caps, for the game in San Pedro Sula on Wednesday.

Castillo has revealed his desire to move to Spain next season to get regular football. "The main thing on my mind is to play for another team, in an important league like the Spanish Primera liga, which I like a lot," Castillo told a press conference.

The forward's agent, Juan Carlos Padilla, added Castillo has been granted permission from Shakhtar to look for another club, and revealed there were already some clubs in Spain showing an interest.

He said: "We have possibilities in Spain. We have already signed an agreement with the club's board which will allow us to leave Shakhtar."

Mexico need a point to make sure of reaching the final stage of the CONCACAF zone qualifying tournament.

Eriksson's team lead Group B in the semi-final stage of the tournament with 10 points from five games, one ahead of Honduras and three more than Jamaica.

They could be eliminated if they lose to Honduras and Jamaica beat Canada, although at least one of the results would have to be by a large score.

"It's a life or death match because it's not possible to think of Mexico out of the World Cup," Eriksson told reporters.

Mexico have taken only one point from their last two qualifiers, with Pardo absent from both games.

Tottenham Hotspur forward Giovani dos Santos will miss the match with an ankle injury.

Goalkeepers: Oswaldo Sanchez (Santos Laguna), Guillermo Ochoa (America), Jose de Jesus Corona (Tecos UAG)

Defenders: Ricardo Osorio (VfB Stuttgart), Rafael Marquez (Barcelona), Aaron Galindo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Hector Moreno (AZ Alkmaar), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven), Leobardo Lopez (Pachuca), Diego Martinez (Tigres UANL), Fausto Pinto (Pachuca)

Midfielders: Pavel Pardo (VfB Stuttgart), Fernando Arce (Santos Laguna), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Antonio Naelson (Toluca), Jaime Correa (Pachuca), Israel Martinez (San Luis), Andres Guardado (Deportivo Coruna)

Forwards: Omar Bravo (Deportivo Coruna), Carlos Vela (Arsenal), Nery Castillo (Manchester City), Matias Vuoso (Santos Laguna), Omar Arellano (Guadalajara)

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