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11 players from Santos called for national team duty over next International break

03 de Noviembre del 2016 4:35 pm.

Djaniny Tavares, Nestor Araujo, and five under 20 players at Santos are among the most recent calls to report to national team camp. The seven call-ups come only days after three players were selected to train with Mexico’s under 18 team, while goalkeeper Joel Garcia will travel with Mexico’s under 21 team to China for an international tournament.

Araujo was called by Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio to take part in Mexico’s two World Cup qualifiers, and will report after Sunday’s week 16 game against Chiapas. Mexico will play the United States on November 11, and Panama on November 15.

Tavares, who recently scored for Santos against Club America during week 15 at Estadio Azteca,  will depart on Monday for Cape Verde’s World Cup qualifying match against Burkina Faso on November 12 in Praia, Cape Verde.  The 25 year old striker was recently featured in a lengthy interview with FIFA about his country’s chances of qualifying for a place in the World Cup in 2018. "There was a lot of talk that this group gave us a great chance of qualifying," Tavares said in the interview on FIFA.com. "But the other teams are really tough. Senegal have got players in the best leagues in Europe, Burkina Faso finished as continental runners-up and South Africa are in great form."

Ronaldo Cisneros, Uriel Antuna, Kevin Lara, Eduardo Aguirre, and Jorge Sanchez will report to camp with Mexico U20 after Sunday's game against Chiapas for a week-long camp, where it will face the U20 Brazil team in two friendlies. 

Cisneros and Aguirre, both forwards, were recognized as leading scorer and tournament MVP respectively in the team's recent two international championships in Bahrain and China. 

Lara, a midfielder, and Aguirre were part of the 2015 U17 World Cup squad where they started every game. Antuna, a midfielder regularly training with Santos' first team, debuted in Copa MX in August. 

Sanchez, a right back, debuted with the first team in Liga MX this year against Pumas during week nine and has since started three games for the first team. He re-joins Mexico's U20 group for the first time since January of the year. 

Cisneros currently leads the U20 category in Liga MX in goals scored with nine, and their team has gone 11 straight games undefeated in league play. All five players were part of the championship-winning U20 team with Santos in the 2015 Apertura. 

Garcia, another 2015 U17 World Cup player, has been summoned by Mexico’s U21 team for a tournament in China and U20 players Adrian Lozano (midfielder), Joao Maleck (forward), and Roy Ureña (goalkeeper) were called to train with Mexico’s U18 team in the country’s capital.