Corral delighted with first Mexico call-up

George Corral (blue/black jersey) will be looking to win his first cap for Mexico, when it travels to Europe for a pair of friendlies later this month. (Photo: Mexsport)

QUERETARO, Mexico – George Corral is thrilled to have earned a call-up to Mexico for a pair of upcoming away friendlies against the Netherlands and Belarus.

The 24-year-old has been a mainstay at right-back for Queretaro during 2014 Liga MX Apertura, starting in all 15 of his appearances.

“This call-up is the product of the work that I do daily with Querétaro,” said Corral, the brother of Mexico women’s national team star Veronica Charlyn Corral.  “I am not nervous.  I am calm and eager to enjoy.”

The former Club América and Jaguares player, who is hoping to earn his first cap for the Tricolor, wants to maximize the opportunity and is not intimidated by the challenge.

“I am not going as a substitute,” expressed Corral.  “I am going to look for my starting place.  I am going to give my best and it will be (head coach) Miguel Herrera’s decision if I get minutes.”

Mexico will face the Dutch in Amsterdam on November 12 in what will be Mexico’s first friendly on European soil since 2011. Six days later, it will meet host Belarus in Borisov.

While those games are approaching quickly, Corral is concentrated on Queretaro’s key game in Liga MX on Friday against last-place Morelia.

“I have not thought about the opponents (Netherlands and Belarus), now I am focused on Friday’s match against Monarcas,” he concluded.