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Expect Arsene Wenger to play his youngsters in the Carling Cup against Wigan, but his ‘young-guns’ still thumped Sheff Utd 6-0 in the last round.

Mexico coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, who has come under increasing pressure following three matches without a win, remains confident his side will qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals.

Mexico visit Honduras next week still needing one point to make sure of reaching the final round of the CONCACAF region’s qualifying competition.

“I’ve not at any moment had doubts that Mexico will be at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010,” Eriksson told the Mexican federation’s website (www.femexfut.org.mx).

“We knew it would be difficult, but I also thought we could have settled this in Canada or Jamaica. Now, we have to try and book our ticket against Honduras.”

Mexico won the first three matches in semi-final Group Two, all at home, but then lost 1-0 in Jamaica and were held 2-2 in Canada. They also lost to Chile in a friendly.

“I feel fine,” said the Swede. “We are close to what we want, the match against Honduras is important for everyone in this country, supporters, players, federation, press. I know what it means but I’m not under pressure.

“The standard of Mexican football is high,” he added. “It’s not the same as the Premier League but it’s a very good standard. It’s evenly-balanced.”

Mexico face Ecuador in a warm-up friendly on Wednesday.

Expect Arsene Wenger to play his youngsters in the Carling Cup against Wigan, but his ‘young-guns’ still thumped Sheff Utd 6-0 in the last round.

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