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Mexico How Mexico’s Alvarez converted practice squad experience into World Cup roster spot Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author 07:22 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mexico Denmark v Mexico Denmark Friendlies After tagging along to the Confederations Cup, the 20-year-old will be El Tri’s youngest player in Russia. And this time he has a roster spot When 20-year-old Edson Alvarez sets foot in Moscow and begins to travel to Mexico’s first game of the World Cup, it won’t be his first time in the city. Alvarez has been here before, not in the squad for Mexico’s Confederations Cup run in 2017, but brought along to train and see how the country’s best do things.With Diego Reyes an injury doubt for Saturday’s friendly against Denmark and the tournament that follows, the versatile Alvarez has stepped into the gap. How did he end up on the World Cup roster after a lackluster season with Club America?The groundwork was laid around this time a year ago. Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio looked at his Confederations Cup squad and noticed a lack of youth. Mexico has a tradition of taking one or two bright young players along to major tournaments. That helps explain why Rafa Marquez is set for his fifth World Cup while Andres Guardado may catch up to him in 2022. With the two youngest players in the Confederations Cup squad 21-year-old Hirving Lozano and 23-year-old Carlos Salcedo, Osorio elected to bring Alvarez and Chivas defender Alejandro Mayorga to Russia to train with the group and learn the ropes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “Of course,” the time spent watching players like that duo plus defenders Hector Moreno and Salcedo helped him get better, Alvarez said at Mexico’s media day in May.It showed. He was a standout on a disappointing Gold Cup team, holding down the right-back spot and both getting into the attack often and frustrating attackers. That led to more and more call-ups for the teenager, who had earned his international debut in January 2017.”The truth is from the first time I was called I couldn’t believe it, being a young guy who at that time was 18 or 19 years old. I felt really happy to be involved with these stars, with these ‘cracks’ who have done a lot of things in their careers,” Alvarez said. “They’ve come to me giving me advice, advice on the field as well. I feel really fortunate to have been in with the group because with this I grew daily, I became more and more professional from what they told me and really they’re things I can’t describe to you because they showed me their experience and gave me confidence and made me feel really, really good.”Despite the strong summer, it wasn’t a tremendous season for Alvarez. He lost his starting spot with America at the beginning of the Clausura, eventually seeing time both at right back and center back when injuries or suspensions forced regulars Paul Aguilar, Bruno Valdez or Emanuel Aguilera out. Even then, he struggled in the Liguilla against Santos Laguna’s attack as America fell to the eventual champion in the semifinals.Osorio still has faith in Alvarez and has seen a pair of serviceable showings in the friendly matches that preceded Saturday’s finale. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that Osorio, a manager who loves to move around pieces on the field to try and find an advantage in the tactical chess match, appreciates the option to put Reyes all over the board. In English, we hardly use the world ‘polyfunctional’, but its Spanish equivalent is used often to describe players like Alvarez who can play a number of positions.“We’re looking for the ‘polifuncionalidad’ Edson has. It’s something we’re seriously considering,” Osorio said before he named his final list. “We see a player who is very similar to Diego, who can play as a center back, on the outside and at times as a central midfielder.”With Reyes struggling with a hamstring problem, Alvarez suddenly has a spot on the squad – helped along by Nestor Araujo’s continuing knee issues that forced him out of the squad. The 20-year-old realizes his good fortune is a consequence of bad luck for others but said he still has to make the most out of the chance.”Of course it’s sad. Nobody wishes anyone any ill, especially not a teammate,” he said. “We feel sad but we have to do our job. It’s part of the game. Unfortunately it happened to him but he knows we’re supporting him and are there for him at all times and we can’t do anything except for continue forward.”Now, the manager has to be patting himself on the back for spotting Alvarez and giving him a taste of what he needed to get to the highest level. He isn’t there yet – though Alvarez said, “If you’re a player in Europe, it’s because you deserve to be. You’ve done something right. My dream also is to play in Europe.”Even if he’s not yet at that level, he’s still a player who Mexico may need to get out of the group stage in Russia. How fit Reyes is and whether Osorio wants to play him in the midfield or in defense will determine just how much time Alvarez sees against Denmark or if there’s any chance at him starting against Germany.Having that chance, though, is more than he expected just a year ago when he was training, wide-eyed, next to some of the best players Mexico has ever produced. There’s no time to be amazed now. Alvarez is on the squad. His job now is to prove he belongs.
Contact: Huntley Medley (Advisor/Consultant) Email: [email protected] Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna is encouraging children to report cases of abuse and neglect, reminding that neglect is also classified as a form of child abuse. “If you have a parent or guardian who is neglecting you, they can be reported because at this stage of your life, your physical and emotional well-being is important and the only way you are going to feel good about yourself is if you get care, reassurance, motivation, love,” the youth Minister told scores of students from schools in Kingston and St. Andrew on Friday, (November 2). The occasion was a youth forum held at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall in Kingston as part of Youth Month activities and was organised by the National Child Month Committee. The Minister also encouraged the youth to speak up on the matter of sexual abuse, reminding them that no one has the right to touch them inappropriately. “You have a responsibility to yourself to report such acts where they happen. You are to respect yourselves and report it if anybody does anything to you that you find harmful whether emotionally, sexually or physically,” she said. Ms. Hanna also encouraged the children not to participate in underage sexual activities, informing that “by law and good moral values persons under the age of 16 are not allowed to have sex”. She said that even where young persons are older than 16 nobody – man or woman, has the right to force themselves on them inappropriately. Minister Hanna told the youth that sex can and should wait until they are physically, mentally, socially and financially ready, encouraging them to remain focused on their education and on their dreams and aspirations. Persons may report incidences of abuse to the Office of the Children’s Registry, an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture by calling the toll free number 1-888-PROTECT (1-888-776-8328) or by calling 908-2132/ 822-7031(LIME) or 878-2882 (Digicel) between the hours 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Reports can also be made by visiting the offices of the Children’s Registry at 12 Carlton Crescent, Kingston 10 or by faxing the report to 908-0246 or emailing at [email protected] Under the Child Care and Protection Act (2004), it is an offence to fail to report known or suspected situations of child abuse to the Children’s Registry. The penalty for such an offence is imprisonment for up to six months, a fine of $500,000, or both. While addressing the youth forum, which provided an avenue for children to voice their views on issues that affect them, Minister Hanna reminded the youth to become active members of their communities as volunteers. “You are never too young to do community work, and you are never too young to work on behalf of other young people,” she noted. The forum was held under theme: ‘Jamaica 50: Let’s Celebrate Our Children,’ and included presentations from students of Wolmer’s Girls and Penwood High Schools on the topic: ‘Care and Protection for our Children during the Past 50 years’, while students of St. George’s College and Ardenne High School spoke on the topic, ‘Recognition and Celebration of the Achievements of Our Children during the Past 50 Years’. The forum was also attended by chairperson of the Child Month Committee, Dr. Pauline Mullings; Committee Patron, Douglas Orane; and Principal of Wolmer’s Girls School, Colleen Montague.
New Delhi: Disgruntled Aam Aadmi Party MLA Alka Lamba met Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday, fuelling speculations of her joining the grand old party ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections scheduled to be held early next year. Lamba, however, said that she met Gandhi to discuss a number of issues, including the current political situation of the country. She started her political career with the Congress, and had served the party in various capacities for around 20 years before joining the AAP. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe AAP MLA from Chandni Chowk had last month announced that she has made up her mind about leaving the party and contest the upcoming Assembly election as an Independent. Lamba has been at odds with the Aam Aadmi Party for some time now. After the party’s defeat in Lok Sabha polls, she had sought accountability from its national convener Arvind Kejriwal. She was then removed from the official WhatsApp group of the party lawmakers. She had also refused to campaign for party in the Lok Sabha polls and refrained from participating in Kejriwal’s roadshow after she was asked to walk behind his car during the event. Lamba first hit a rough patch with the AAP over its decision to pass a resolution to revoke Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna. She raised objections to the party’s resolution.