Carlos Vela hints he may retire from international football

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Mexico international Carlos Vela has hinted that he may retire from international football after asking to be excluded from the preliminary squad for this summer’s Gold Cup. The 30-year-old was not included by new El Tri boss Gerardo Martino for the friendlies in March and he has now taken the step to omit himself from the Gold Cup citing personal reasons.

Speaking to reporters, Vela said that he has remained commitment to the national team for many years and that has not brought about a transformation in fortunes. The Mexican added that there is the chance for youngsters to make their presence and he would not be disappointed, should he fail to make the squad for the 2022 World Cup.

He said: "I've had my opportunities, I've played a lot of games with the national team and nothing extraordinary has happened with Carlos Vela playing. We have to give others a chance. There are young players that will reach the World Cup. I'll be 34 [by Qatar 2022] and I don't see it as a problem that I may not be there. Nobody is going to die because someone isn't there. I think [Martino] is a very intelligent person that understands the person -- not just the player -- well and he's a great coach."

Martino has stuck with most of the experienced men for the forthcoming tournament but he has nonetheless been hampered with Javier Hernandez and Hector Herrera likewise citing personal reasons for their absence from the Gold Cup. As such, El Tri may not have the overwhelming advantage as suggested by some and they should still be capable of making a strong challenge for the continental crown this summer. Meanwhile, Vela has begun the MLS season in grand fashion and he has amassed 12 goals from as many games to date.