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CANCÚN, Q. ROO.- The process of the World Cup to 2026 Trogodytas, the Mexican National Team shows the starting 11 young players, compared to the last team lined up against Saudi Arabia, in the last game of the Group Phase, in Qatar 2022. Against Suriname, the first team led by Diego Cocca had an average age of 24.1 years, four less than that presented by Gerardo Martino, which had an average age of 28 years.
The oldest in Mexico in this new process was 27-year-old Erick Gutiérrez, while the youngest was 21-year-old Santiago Giménez. It should be noted that, of this first line, only four footballers play in Europe, and others in Liga MX, as many as the last 11 “Tata” had before “Tri”.
The new tactical team refused to use players such as Hirving Lozano, Guillermo Ochoa and Edson Álvarez in their first meeting.
On the other hand, the first 11 for the United States in 2023 had an average age of 22.8 years, two less than the last one presented against the Netherlands, in the Round of 16 of the last World Cup, where the average was 24.9 years.
The American team appeared before Granata with three 20-year-old players: Gio Reyna, Ricardo Pepi and Joe Scally. Matt Turner was the oldest at 28 years. After three other footballers with 24 years.
It should be noted that the 11 players who entered the field for this new World Cup process are active in Europe, four of them in the Premier League, two in the Bundesliga, two in the Belgian First Division, one in Spain, and the other in Spain. Eredivisie and more in the Championship, or the second division of England. In addition, of the 11 who were substituted, nine are in European football and two in Liga MX.
For the 2026 World Cup, the United States, Mexico and Canada will share the venue, so they are automatically classified for the next tournament.
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