Playing for the world-famous Manchester United guarantees many things, one of them being global appeal.

The Red Devils' popularity is felt around the world, with a recent report suggesting that the club have 659 million followers worldwide.

This global attraction inevitably thrusts their stars into the media limelight, with big-name players becoming instantly recognisable across the globe. There is no exception in the case of Javier Hernandez.

The Mexico international is already a national icon in his homeland for his exploits with Sir Alex Ferguson's side, but the striker insists he feels on par with his international teammates.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of their upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, Hernandez said: "I am simply proud to be involved each time the Mexico squad is announced.

"Whenever I'm mentioned, I do not feel differently to anyone else. I'm not a star, I feel the same as all my teammates."

Whenever Chicharito takes to the field for El Tri, there is an ever-growing sense of expectation.

The 23-year-old striker has scored 23 goals in 34 international appearances, and Mexico will be hoping Hernandez can provide them with the goals to send them on their way to World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

The 'Little Pea' as he is also known, burst on to the international scene after scoring twice in the 2010 World Cup finals, and Hernandez cannot wait to play his part in what will be his first qualifying campaign.

"It's very important for us to get off on the right foot," he added. "I've never played in the qualifiers as I missed them before the last World Cup."

Following their 2-0 friendly win over Wales in New York last Sunday, confidence is high in the Mexican camp. They will no doubt be looking to build on their recent good form, as they take on Bosnia and Brazil in two further warm-up games in the coming weeks.

Mexico's first World Cup qualifier is against Guyana on 8th June, and once again the pressure will be on Hernandez to deliver as they look to secure their passage to Brazil.

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