Having accrued considerable experience of European football prior to his well-timed return to Mexico to join domestic heavyweights Club America, Francisco Javier Rodriguez, commonly known as ‘Maza’, is one of the lynchpins of the Mexican national side.

 

Coach Jose Manuel de la Torre appears to have complete confidence in the centre-back, having handed him the captain’s armband over a year ago.

 

Rodriguez forms a solid central-defensive partnership with Hector Moreno for El Tri, and his know-how and commanding presence have been instrumental in recently transforming Mexico into CONCACAF’s most formidable team.