Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera has said El Tri needs to start dreaming about winning the World Cup in Russia.
“We have to stop these fears, stop believing we’re a small team, stop going on about ‘the fifth game’”, said Herrera. “We have to think about becoming champions and lifting the World Cup.” (via FIFA)
Mexico has been knockout out in the Round of Sixteen in each of the last six tournaments. It was Bulgaria in 1994, Germany in 1998, the United States in 2002, Argentina in 2006 and 2010, and the Netherlands in 2014. The country last reached the quarter-finals in 1986 when it hosted the competetion.
“I think if we reach the next round, it is proof that we are up for big things and that we can cause a surprise. We can impose the feeling that we are a great side at the World Cup.” continued the 28-year-old.
Herrera made his Mexico debut in 2012 and has gone on to earn 63 caps. He was ever-present at Brazil 2014 and in the 2017 Confederations Cup.