Jonathan Dos Santos gets warning from Mexico
Barcelona midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos was warned by a
top-ranking Mexico football official on Wednesday that his decision
to skip upcoming friendlies with the Mexico national team could
Dos Santos was the last player cut from the 23-man Mexico squad
for the World Cup in South Africa. Since then, he declined to play
for Mexico last month in a friendly against Spain and is skipping
Mexico’s match on Saturday against Ecuador in Guadalajara, and
another on Tuesday against Colombia in Monterrey.
The 20-year-old Dos Santos has never played an official game for
Mexico – only friendlies. He has a Spanish passport and his father
was born in Brazil, which could give him eligibility to play for a
country other than Mexico.
”His representative (agent) said he preferred to concentrate on
his play with Barcelona,” said Nestor De La Torre, the director of
national team selections for Mexico. ”Those are the facts. I said
that facts and decisions at times generate positive things and
His older brother, Tottenham forward Giovanni Dos Santos, played
with Mexico in the World Cup and will play in the matches against
Ecuador and Colombia.
”Jonathan is a great player with a bright future. This is
clear,” De La Torre said. ”But the national team and what it
represents has a value and merits respect.”