“Tata” Martino hit out at structural issues in the domestic game, saying there is a lack of support for the national team.

Martino has been chastised for his team’s recent poor performances, and the criticism has risen after they fell 3-2 to Colombia in a friendly on Tuesday after leading by two goals.

But he fired back at those who questioned him, claiming that the Mexican football structure is a hindrance to his team.

“[Football in] Mexico is peculiar. Mexico has investment and at the moment it has money,” he said at a press conference.

“So how do we make a better national team? I recently heard, I don’t know if it was a [Liga MX club] director, I don’t remember, they said that the league did not have to [cater to] the national team.”

Martino also believes more Liga MX players should move abroad, adding: “Players don’t leave because teams won’t let them, they don’t leave because their wages are exorbitant. It’s a shame we don’t seek to fix things from this other side and that everything is on the manager or the players. That’s not the debate that Mexico needs to improve in a football sense.”

Mexico have won just two of their last five matches, losing to Colombia and Paraguay in that time. They have friendlies against Iraq and Sweden scheduled before the World Cup begins in November.

El Tri are next in action on November 9 when they take on Iraq in a friendly, then face Sweden a week later in their final showdown before the World Cup.

Liga MX not included in FIFA 23

There are more than 30 leagues available in FIFA 23, with the majority of the world’s continents represented.

The Women’s Super League, D1 ARKEMA (French women’s league) and Serie B are new arrivals. Meanwhile, Liga MX is no longer in the franchise’s stable of exclusive licenses.

FIFA 23 also boasts the Champions League, Europa League, Europa Conference League and Super Cup. That gives fans of Europe’s best divisions and teams something to be excited about.