Javier Hernandez has always felt like a back up with Mexico and United

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Javier Hernandez was told earlier this week that he would not start Mexico's World Cup opener this Friday with national team head coach, Miguel Herrera, opting for other options against Cameroon.

The Manchester United striker responded today though in a positive manner, expressing his ambition to play a part wherever he can as El Tri attempt to navigate Group A:

"The simple fact of being in the squad makes me happy, very motivated, with a new dream and trying it to the maximum," Hernandez explained in an interview with Reuters:

"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."

Hernandez is Mexico's leading goalscorer present at the Brazil tournament, having scored 35 goals in 58 games, but has found himself out of favor after what has been a frustrating season at domestic level for Manchester United.

The 26-year-old started just eight English Premier League games for United in 2013-14, as he saw his opportunities limited to a substitute role. And speaking after his demotion to the bench at national team level, it is clear that is a position Hernandez has come to understand:

"I've never taken a sure place for granted, not even in the second (division), third or reserves, not at my previous clubs.

"In no way do I feel like a first-choice player, that's how I've felt from when I was 12 or 13," explained Hernandez.

While this humble opinion means he accepts that he must fight for his place in the starting line up this month and beyond, Chicharito's positive attitude means he can remain a huge asset as Mexico come up against first Cameroon, and then hosts Brazil and finally Croatia in the coming week.

Ranking third in Mexico's all-time top goalscorer list we wouldn't bet against Hernandez winning back his starting berth before the national side's time in Brazil comes to an end, and even if that dream doesn't come to fruition the diminutive striker is not one to question the manager's decision:

"More than finding it motivational (to be reserve), it's (a matter of) respect, because in this profession nothing's certain," Hernandez revealed Wednesday.

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