Cuauhtemoc Blanco Recalled To Mexico Squad for Wednesday's Friendly vs. Norway

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Cuauhtemoc Blanco has been recalled by Mexico after a 10-month absence for their World Cup warm-up friendly against Norway in San Francisco California next Wednesday.

The forward from the America club last played for his country in March. He ruled himself out of the Confederations Cup in June to take a rest and was then overlooked for Mexico's last World Cup qualifiers.

"I'm relaxed happy looking forward to doing things well working and preparing for the national team like I've always done and giving the fans the big satisfaction I think they deserve the 33-year-old told a local radio station on Thursday.

Mexico's Argentine coach Ricardo La Volpe widely criticised for overlooking a player regarded by many as the country's best said before he announced an 18-man squad that 'now is the time for Cuauhtemoc to return.'

Mexico are in Group D with Iran Angola and Portugal in the World Cup in Germany which kicks off on June 9.

Mexico squad for Norway match:

Goalkeepers: Jesus Corona (Tecos UAG) Guillermo Ochoa (America).

Defenders: Mario Mendez (Monterrey) Oscar Rojas (America) Joel Huiqui (Cruz Azul) Edgar Duenas (Toluca) Duilio Davino (America) Fernando Salazar (Pachuca) Antonio Olvera (Santos Laguna).

Midfielders: Andres Guardado (Atlas) Pavel Pardo (America) Antonio Naelson (Toluca) Luis Perez (Monterrey) Juan Pablo Rodriguez (Tecos).

Forwards: Cuauhtemoc Blanco (America) Francisco Fonseca (Cruz Azul) Rafael Marquez Lugo (Morelia) Daniel Osorno (Atlas).