Layun hopes back-stabbing jibe won't end Mexico career

Monterrey's Miguel Layun hopes that there is a route back to Mexico's national team following comments from last December that he felt he'd been "stabbed in the back" by people within camp.

Layun played for Mexico and the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, but hasn't been called into camp seen an incident last September in which he and fellow players were accused of ill-discipline during national team camp, after being photographed in a New York restaurant.

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Layun denied any wrongdoing, adding after Monterrey won the 2019 Apertura that people "stabbed him in the back" and that they "know who they are."

But he'd like to return to end his El Tri career on a more positive note.

"I've spoken to the people who, in my opinion, I had to speak to, [head coach] Gerardo Martino and [FMF president] Yon de Luisa, I want to think that it has been resolved," Layun told Fox Sports Mexico. "From the people who I called out after the final, until this day I've not received a single message from them."

"I'm going to compete on the field to be at my best, and if that takes me to the national team, great," added former Watford and Porto defender Layun. "If I don't wear the [Mexico] shirt again, I'll leave satisfied with what I did, but obviously it isn't the way one wants to go out."

Any decision on Layun's potential return has been on ice, with Mexico's friendlies against Greece and the Czech Republic in March canceled and the May 30 friendly against Colombia in Denver also canceled.

El Tri was due to play in CONCACAF's Final Four of the Nations League in June, but that was suspended, with the September international dates also likely to be canceled so domestic leagues can catch up on time missed.