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    Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez reveals desire to represent Mexico at 2026 World Cup

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    Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez revealed he could see himself representing Mexico at the 2026 World Cup, “it depends on many factors, but my answer is yes, I could see myself with El Tri at the next tournament.”

    The forward has a longstanding history with the Mexican national team. 

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    Chicharito has become one of El Tri’s most influential figures since debuted on September 30, 2009 against Colombia. He currently stands as the national team’s leading goalscorer, tallying 52 in 109 appearances to inspire El Tri to several Concacaf trophies and a Round of 16 appearance at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cups. 

    But his involvement with the national team dwindled after a controversy in 2019. The player broke concentration during a Nations League camp, creating conflict between himself and staff, according to former head coach Gerardo Martino.

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    Subsequently, Chicharito failed to receive call ups for World Cup qualifiers and did not make the 26-player roster for Qatar. 

    But a new cycle is upon the Mexican national team, giving way for a possible return. 

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    “Yes [I can see myself representing Mexico at the 2026 World Cup.] Look, there’s a dude who said ‘imaginémonos cosas chingonas,’ so of course I would say yes. But obviously it requires a lot, how will I get there physically, which is the most important thing,” he said in an exclusive interview with 90min

    “But I think that with the care, with the investment of time and work that I am doing to my body, my mind and my emotions, of course why not. There are many examples of players performing, not only in soccer, but in many sports, who perform at the age of 40 that are extraordinary. So yes, why not. Obviously yes. It will depend on many factors, but my answer is yes.”

    Chicharito last played for Mexico on September 6, 2019 in the 3-0 triumph over the United States, where he scored the opening goal. Despite a lack of international involvement, he’s remained in peak shape with LA Galaxy, recording 37 goals and five assists in 65 appearances. 

    The player vowed to continue working hard, as he heads into his fourth season with the Major League Soccer team. 

    LA Galaxy will kick off the 2023 MLS campaign on February 25 against LAFC at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, while Mexico is set to return to action on March 23 in a Concacaf Nations League match vs. Suriname.

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