Returning to international play has not won Javier Hernandez a starting spot as Manchester United’s “super sub” will at-best play the same role in Mexico’s World Cup opener against Cameroon on Friday.
Giovani dos Santos and Oribe Peralta will be the primary attackers for El Tri to start their Group B opener.
Alineación de México ante Camerún: Ochoa, Aguilar, Rodríguez, Moreno, Márquez, Layún, Vázquez, Guardado, Herrera, Dos Santos y Peralta
— FEMEXFUT (@FEMEXFUTOFICIAL) June 12, 2014
Like a certain other CONCACAF team, Mexico’s opener against an African team is a must-have three points if it has any hopes of moving out of group play. And as ESPN’s Tom Marshall reports, Chicharito is not pleased with the development:
Chicharito after training: No player in the world wants to be on the bench. I’m tired of people seeing me as a super sub -via @GibranAraige
— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) June 12, 2014
Perhaps Chicharito remains a super sub on reputation, or perhaps he just hasn’t done enough to convince his coaches otherwise for country or club. Hernandez has scored 35 goals in 59 matches for his country.