Legendary Mexican striker Luis Hernández is looking for a taste of revenge when he arrives in London for Star Sixes this summer.
‘El Matador’, famed for his long blond locks, is one of El Tricolor’s all-time top scorers with 35 goals in 85 international appearances.
One of those games came at Wembley Stadium in 1997, but he could do nothing to stop his side losing 2-0 through goals from Teddy Sheringham and Robbie Fowler.
Now, as he and his Mexico side look forward to taking on England in the Star Sixes group phase at The O2 in July, Hernández wants to create some more happy memories.
“London is a wonderful city, one of my favourite cities in the world,” said Hernández, who will line up against the hosts of the inaugural six-a-side international tournament on Saturday 15 July.
“I had the chance to play against England in the legendary stadium at Wembley before it was rebuilt. We lost 2-0 but I have wonderful memories.
“I took a little bit of grass at the end of the match and took it home with me – it lived on for about one month in my house,” smiled the striker.
“It was great to play there that day and I hope we can recreate that feeling in London this summer.”
With a vocal Mexican support that he hopes will turn out to back them at The O2, Hernández believes his side can go all the way and take home more than just a piece of turf.
Many of their squad have experience of lifting major titles, the ex-Necaxa and LA Galaxy forward has himself collected international winners’ medals at two CONCACAF Gold Cups and one Confederations Cup.
And he just can’t wait to get the games under way, inside London’s iconic dome.
“I think it will be amazing to play in The O2 arena and hopefully we can get a good result for Mexico,” said Hernández, who netted four times at the 1998 World Cup in France.
“We will go there to compete, to give everything and also to enjoy it.
“With the support of the fans and our team-mates we can achieve something.”