Franco Not Discouraged about Starting Spot

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    POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 17: Guillermo Franco of Mexico lines up the wall with team mates Rafael Marquez, Francisco Rodriguez and Gerardo Torrado during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between France and Mexico at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on June 17, 2010 in Polokwane, South Africa. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

    Veteran Mexico forward Guillermo Franco is not discouraged about possibly losing his starting place in the World Cup to 22-year-old Javier Hernandez..  In fact, Franco was the first teammate to congratulate Hernandez when he scored the first goal in the 2-0 victory against France on Thursday. Franco also gave Hernandez a hug after the final whistle.

    The 33-year-old Franco said late Thursday that Hernandez is the "present and the future of this team."  Mexico and Uruguay lead Group A with four points, and both teams meet in their last group stage match Tuesday in Rustenburg.