Guillermo Ochoa eyeing number one role with Mexico for the 2022 World Cup

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Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa does not have any plans of retiring from international football despite El Tri’s struggles at the recent World Cup. The North American nation bagged one of the shock results of the campaign after beating holders Germany but they thereafter experienced an old fate as they were ousted at the round of 16 stage for the seventh straight edition.

Since then, El Tri have witnessed the departure of head coach Juan Carlos Osorio at the expiry of his contract but Ochoa has continued to remain under national team reckoning under caretaker Ricardo Ferretti. Speaking to Goal.com, the Standard Liege goalkeeper highlighted that he is not planning on giving up on the number one role anytime soon and he is looking forward to representing the nation at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

He said:“I'm going to make it tough for the guys coming after me. My hope is to be at the next World Cup and to play in the next World Cup. There are young people who are doing well like Lajud and like Hugo that were just called up, and little by little they'll have to get experience. For my part, of course I have to fight to be there like always, excited and playing and helping them too because you're not going to be eternal.”

During “the recent international break, Ochoa played through the entire 90 minutes of Mexico’s“4-1 friendly defeat to Uruguay but he thereafter returned to Belgium without participating in the 1-0 loss to the United States. “Meanwhile, Ochoa’s immediate future “appears in Europe for the moment and he has highlighted that he would love to return to La Liga or one of Europe’s elite leagues in the near future.

Napoli were one of the leading candidates to acquire Ochoa’s signature during the summer after he once more excelled for Mexico at another World Cup but Liege were reluctant to offload him despite only a year remaining on his contract.