Former Barca star makes Mexico's preliminary World Cup squad

World Cup 2018 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 14/05/2018

Former Barcelona defender Rafa Marquez has been included in Mexico's preliminary squad for this summer's World Cup in Russia, putting him on course to take part in the tournament for the fifth time.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio added Marquez's name to the 28-man list on Monday despite the 39-year-old having been sanctioned last August by the U.S. Treasury for alleged ties to a drug-trafficking organization.

Marquez who is set to retire after the World Cup and he could become only the third man in history to feature at five tournaments and could be the first to captain a side in at least one game in five editions.

Mexico opens the World Cup campaign against Germany before facing South Korea and Sweden in their last match of the Group F.

Mexico's 28-player squad:

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul)

Defenders: Diego Reyes (FC Porto), Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Oswaldo Alanis (Getafe), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Miguel Layun (Sevilla), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (America)

Midfielders: Hector Herrera (Porto), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Jesus Molina (Monterrey), Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca), Giovani dos Santos (L.A. Galaxy)

Forwards: Javier Aquino (Tigres), Jesus "Tecatito" Corona (Porto), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven), Jurgen Damm (Tigres)