Mexican veteran Cuauhtemoc Blanco remains sure El Tri will book a place in next year's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ despite a poor start to the final round of the CONCACAF qualifying zone.

Mexico defeated Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 last night at home to return to fourth spot in the six-team table, which carries with it a play-off place. El Tri hold a perfect home record so far but have yet to win any of their six away games.

In April, the Mexican Football Federation sacked Sven-Goran Eriksson to appoint Javier Aguirre. Blanco, 36, insists that despite their indifferent record so far, Mexico will play in South Africa 2010.

"I have already said this," he said. "I love the national team and Mexico will go to the World Cup."

Chicago Fire's Blanco returned to the national team this month after he announced his international retirement in October. He believes his form is strong at the moment.

"I feel very well. Journalists say I cannot play even 20 minutes, but I feel great. I come to do my job, help my team-mates. All of us make a contribution. When I am needed, I should do my job as well as possible."