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Hernandez willing to die for Mexico

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Javier Hernandez will try and enjoy being at the World Cup © Getty Images
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Javier Hernandez says he is willing to die for Mexico at the World Cup despite his likely role as a bit-part player.

Hernandez struggled at Manchester United last season under the now-departed David Moyes, making only six Premier League starts.

His international career appears to be heading in a similar direction. Hernandez was a substitute for Mexico's final pre-World Cup friendly against Portugal last week and he is not expected to line-up from teh start in their opening World Cup clash against Cameroon.

But whatever role he plays, Hernandez will give everything for his country and "enjoy" being at the World Cup.

"I've never taken a sure place for granted, not even if it's in the reserves," Hernandez said. "In no way do I feel like a first-choice player. But I never try to settle for what I have.

"Obviously, every footballer would like to play - and if I get the chance I'll kill myself on the pitch because I fought all these years to be at the World Cup.

"The simple fact of being in the squad makes me happy and very motivated. This is a new dream and I'm trying to enjoy it to the maximum."

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