Lainez and Arteaga return to the Mexico team for Concacaf qualifying

File photo of Gerardo Arteaga in a match for the Mexican soccer team. Empower Field at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USA. June 3, 2021. OBLIGATED CREDIT USA TODAY/Isaiah J. Downing

MEXICO CITY, Jan 20 (Reuters) – The returns of midfielder Diego Lainez and defender Gerardo Arteaga stood out on Thursday in the call-up of the Mexican soccer team for the next commitments of the Concacaf qualifier for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar .

In the penultimate window of the final octagonal zone, the “Tri” -as Mexicans call their team- will visit Jamaica on January 27, and will play at home against Costa Rica and Panama on January 30 and February 2.

Lainez and Arteaga, players for Real Betis in Spain and Genk in Belgium, respectively, had not been called up by coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino since June last year.

In the call, which did not undergo major changes compared to the previous calls, most of the players who play for European clubs such as Raúl Jiménez, Hirving Lozano, Andrés Guardado and Héctor Herrera reappear.

After eight games played in the qualifying round, Mexico is in third place with 14 points, behind Canada and the United States, which have 16 and 15 points, respectively. Panama with 14, Costa Rica with 9, Jamaica with 7, El Salvador with 6 and Honduras with 3 complete the octagonal.

The first three places in the final octagonal qualify for the World Cup, while the fourth place will have to play an intercontinental playoff against the winner of the Oceania tie.

(Report by Carlos Calvo Pacheco)

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