Chicharito benched again by Mexico

The Manchester United striker netted in El Tri’s victory over Croatia, but will once again be restricted to the role of substitute on Sunday

Mexico boss Miguel Herrera has revealed Javier Hernandez will again start from the bench in his side’s last-16 clash with Netherlands.

El Tri finished second to Brazil in Group A after defeating Cameroon and Croatia either side of a 0-0 draw with the tournament hosts.

Herrera, therefore, has decided against tinkering with the side that has served him so well to date, with Carlos Salcido’s inclusion at the expense of the suspended Jose Juan Vazquez the only change in personnel.

“The ban forces us to put in Carlos but he is a guy with loads of experience,” the Mexico coach told reporters on Saturday.

“He doesn’t have the intensity of Vazquez, but he has the timing and positional sense to constantly recover the ball and long-distance shooting that could be an important factor.”

There had been talk of Hernandez earning a recall after his goal as a substitute in the 3-1 defeat of Croatia, but the Manchester United man will once again start on the bench.

“Chicharito has been an important factor for the team,” Herrera stated. “What I thank him for the most is that he has never sulked.

“A player in his situation could think he has done enough to be a starter, but Javier is still helping the team with his attitude.

“He never reduces his effort and when he goes on he offers the lift that the team needs.”

Turning his attention to the Dutch, Herrera admitted that he holds his Netherlands counterpart Louis van Gaal in the highest esteem.

“I don’t believe I can compare to Mr. Van Gaal, who has done incredible things with his teams,” he enthused.

“For me, it is a pleasure and an honour to be on the bench in front of someone as important as him.

“We have a great opponent, but we are sure of the effort and determination we are showing, and the physical state of the team.

“Tomorrow will be complicated, but we trust that we are going to win.”

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