Nicknamed the Titan, Carlos Salcedo is one of a crop of up-and-coming players in the Mexico picture. After making his professional debut at MLS outfit Real Salt Lake in 2013, in 2015 he joined Chivas, where he quickly set about showcasing his excellent reading of the game and his defensive solidity. These qualities caught the eye of Italian Serie A side Fiorentina, who signed him in 2016. He took no time to settle into his stride in his maiden season in Italy, only to gradually tail off and end the campaign relegated to the bench.

Nevertheless, the 23-year-old defender remains highly rated and harbours realistic hopes of holding down a place in what has been a problem area of the pitch for El Tri. Against this backdrop, Salcedo is determined to make the most of every minute he is given by Juan Carlos Osorio at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017. This represents an opportunity for him to rediscover his mojo and cement his credentials for his country, for whom he won his first cap in 2015.