Ever since Jose Manuel de la Torre took the reins of El Tri, Alfredo Talavera has not been left out of many national squads. However, with Jose de Jesus Corona and Guillermo Ochoa both on excellent runs of form, the Toluca shot-stopper has had very few opportunities to show what he can do at this level.

 

One did eventually arise, however, and it turned out to be crucial in qualifying Mexico for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil. As Ochoa was suspended for having accidentally ingested clenbuterol and Corona had been dropped from the squad for disciplinary issues, Talavera was handed the No1 jersey in the run-up to the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and went on to perform well in the Mexicans’ victory over rivals USA in the continental final.

 

But when his absent compatriots were brought back into the fold, he returned to his previous role of third-choice custodian, safe in the knowledge that he was capable of stepping in whenever necessary.