World Cup 2010 - Blanco named in Mexico squad
First division top scorer Javier Hernandez, who has netted eight goals in six matches in the Clausura championship, was also named on Thursday in the 18-man squad picked by coach Javier Aguirre exclusively from the Mexican league.
Blanco, who played at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and has been capped more than 100 times, has had his ups and downs with national team coaches but gets on with Aguirre who brought him back into the fold during the qualifiers for the 2010 finals.
Mexico, who face hosts South Africa in the opening match of the World Cup on June 11 before playing France and Uruguay in Group A, will meet Bolivia in a friendly at Candlestick Park in the US city of San Francisco on Wednesday.
Goalkeepers: Luis Ernesto Michel (Guadalajara), Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey)
Forwards: Aldo de Nigris (Monterrey), Javier Hernandez (Guadalajara), Pablo Barrera (Pumas UNAM), Enrique Esqueda, Angel Reyna (both America), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Veracruz)