Veteran midfielder Hector Herrera revealed he could see himself acting Mexico in the 2026 World Cup.
Herrera made his debut for El Tri in 2012, and has since established himself as an integral part of the team’s midfield. He scored 10 goals in 104 matches overall, which led to several CONCACAF titles and two consecutive World Cup qualifiers of 16.
The player was also part of the Mexican team that won the Olympic gold medal in 2012.
Herrera is currently making his third World Cup appearance with El Tri, having played an important role in the 2014 and 2018 editions of the tournament. And now he’s set his sights on 2026, too.
“Yes, of course [I see myself playing in the 2026 World Cup]He said exclusively 90 minutes. “I think it’s about thinking about it, setting a very clear goal and looking after yourself to get to the World Cup as best as possible.
“It is true that the whole process is still missing but it happens very quickly and when you least expect it you are already playing. You have to start now to take care of yourself and work, do things well to continue to be considered in the Mexican national team.”
Although he is keen to play in the next World Cup, Herrera has made it clear that it is not about numbers.
“For me it has always been an honor to represent the national team, especially in the World Cup. One, two or three, it is not the goal that says ‘I want to play three, four, five mandatory tournaments in the World Cup.’ I would rather play the ones I have to play but I do it well and be able to give my best for the national team.”
As one of three host nations for the 2026 World Cup, the run-up to El Tri in the tournament will look different. With qualification guaranteed, the Mexican national team will look to CONCACAF tournaments and friendlies to remain competitive, while players prioritize fitness with their individual clubs.
Herrera and Houston Dynamo 2023 will start MLS campaign on February 25 against FC Cincinnati, while Mexico returned to action on March 23 against Suriname in a Nations League match.