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Oct 22, 2013

Carlos Vela ruled out of El Tri

Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela won't be included in any El Tri recall prior to the team's crucial intercontinental playoff vs. New Zealand Nov. 13 and 19, newly named El Tri coach Miguel "El Piojo" Herrera said Monday on ESPN's Los Capitanes.

"Vela at this moment has been completely ruled out," Herrera said. "I need players who have all their mind focused on getting us a (World Cup) berth."

Herrera said he would only call up two Mexican players at most from the European leagues. Manchester United striker Javier "Chicharito " Hernandez is not an option for El Tri for the Nov. 13 match vs. New Zealand due to the yellow card he received at the 64th minute during Mexico’s loss to Costa Rica.

Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela said Monday he was not sorry about opting to skip El Tri’s call-up for the recent CONCACAF qualifiers.

"When a player joins El Tri, he doesn’t want to do things the wrong way, " Vela told RadioMarca. “What people don't understand is that no one is perfect. I think that people in Mexico talk too much.

"I don't know whether I would return to El Tri. With so many coaching changes no one knows," he said, adding that he is also not clear as to whether he would be considered for the 2014 World Cup squad, should Mexico finally make it.

Club America’s Herrera is El Tri's fourth coach in five matches.

Vela has not played for the national team since March 29, 2011, for a friendly against Venezuela. Vela turned down a call-ups from two previous El Tri coaches, Victor Manuel Vucetich and Jose Manuel de la Torre last month.

El Tri has qualified for five straight World Cups, last missing out in 1990, when the team was banned from qualifying for using ineligible players in a junior tournament. The last time Mexico participated in qualifying and did not reach the World Cup was 1982.

Herrera on Sunday set a roster of 22 players, including 10 from his own Mexican League Club America roster.

Information from ESPN Deportes was used in this report.

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