Mexican striker Carlos Vela was recently branded as a traitor by the supporters of the country. This is after the former Arsenal striker decided not to be part of the national team at the World Cup 2014.

Mexico only just managed to get into the competition through the play-offs after beating New Zealand. After the appointment of a new coach, they form has substantially improved in the last couple of weeks. Still, they lack a top class centre forward to be paired along with Hernandez of Manchester United.

Vela has long been one of the top strikers for Mexico, but he has been going through a feud with the national team authorities for the last seven years. He has discussed his latest decision not to be part of the World Cup by saying that he is only asking for respect. The 23-year-old did not discuss the details for omitting himself out of the competition, but he has confirmed that he has most likely played his last for the Mexican national team. The forward recently expressed his desire to stay at Real Sociedad where he is feeling happy due to regular first-team football.
The forward has also been linked with a move to Liverpool in the last couple of weeks.

“It’s not an easy topic to talk about. A lot has happened and it’s a decision that goes back several years. If I see something I don’t like, I’d rather not be a part of it. I wish them the best of luck and support them to the hilt, but I don’t want to be there [in the squad]. All I ask for is respect. I’ve chosen not to name names because I don’t want to blame anyone. It has been tough because we’re talking about my country, but I believe I’ve done the right thing,” said the striker.