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Carlos Vela is summoned to the Mexican national soccer team

Carlos Vela is summoned to the Mexican national soccer team

Posted by Ricardo Vázquez on October 28, 2014

The Real Sociedad forward, who last night missed out on being named La Liga's best striker in 2013-14 after being placed on the shortlist, hasn't represented his country since 2011 because of various disputes. Miguel Herrera had hinted at a call-up for these two matches and, despite a news conference from the player that seemed to indicate he would not accept a call, has called Vela into camp.

Vela headlines a contingent of 10 Europe-based Mexicans who have been called in for the friendlies Nov. 11 and 17. Tecatito Corona will stay in the Netherlands, where he plays for FC Twente, during the international break after being called up to the national team for the first time. Jonathan dos Santos makes his return for the first time since 2012 after his offseason move from Barcelona to Villarreal resulted in more playing time for the 24-year-old.

His brother, Giovanni, Real Madrid forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, Atletico striker Raul Jimenez and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who is yet to make his Malaga debut, are the other Spain-based players on Herrera's roster.

Like Corona, Andres Guardado won't have to travel far for the rematch of Mexico's round of 16 defeat to the Netherlands. The midfielder is on loan at PSV this season and will look to help El Tri avenge a defeat that came on two late goals - including a controversial late penalty.

Porto teammates Hector Herrera and Diego Reyes round out the Europe-based call for the matches, which will be the first for Mexico in Europe since Sept. 2011. Liga MX players will be named later. Javier Aquino, Rafa Marquez and Erick "Cubo" Torres are the notable absences for players based abroad.

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