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Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez at crossroads with Mexico National Team: Why El Tri leading goalscorer has not played since 2019

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandezs has revealed that his call-back to the Mexican National team rests with the national team coach, Gerardo 'Tata' Martino.

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez at crossroads with Mexico National Team: Why El Tri leading goalscorer has not played since 2019

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is one of the greatest ever players to have played for the Mexican National team. The former Manchester United and West Ham United striker is the all-time leading goalscorer for the El Tri having scored 52 goals in 109 matches for his country. The last of those 109 matches came in a friendly match against the United States in September 2019. So two years after, what is the situation of Chicharito with the Mexican National team. 

That Chicharito has not played for the El Tri in 2 years is due to the selection of coach, Gerardo 'Tata' Martino and the emergence of Wolves striker, Raul Jimenez.  In the 2 seasons, Chicharito has spent in the MLS, he has scored 12 goals in 23 matches, scoring one goal in every two matches for his LA Galaxy side. Overall in his career, he has scored 220 goals from 556 matches. 

In June 2021, Chicharito was included in the preliminary squad list for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup after a strong season with LA Galaxy.  In the aftermath of the release of the list, Javier Hernandez told the press that he is happy to be called up and that it would always be an honour to represent the national team. Though, he noted that since it is just the Preliminary list, then there's no need to talk about it yet. And that he has not yet spoken to coach Gerardo Martino. 

In the end, Chicharito was not selected for the final 23-man squad for the Gold Cup. In his place at the striker position were Rogelio Funes Mori, Alan Pulido, Jesus Corona, Efrain Alvarez and Hirving Lozano. Rodolfo Pizarro replaced Hirving Lozano after the Napoli player suffered a horrifying injury in the first match of the competition.

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