June 18, 2010 / 3:49 AM / 9 years ago

Mexico's Hernandez follows grandfather's footsteps

Mexico's Javier Hernandez (L) leaves the field with team mate Guillermo Franco after their win against France following their 2010 World Cup Group A soccer match at Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane June 17, 2010. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

POLOKWANE (Reuters) - Mexico’s Javier Hernandez literally followed in his grandfather’s footsteps when he scored in the World Cup finals against France on Thursday.

The young forward’s grandfather Tomas Balcazar scored the first goal against France in 1954 World Cup, way before Hernandez was born, but the 22-year-old knew all about it.

“Yes, I just remembered that now in the dressing room. I hope I can speak to him soon,” the beaming striker told a news conference after his country’s 2-0 win over France.

Hernandez has had a whirlwind few months after gaining selection for the national side, completing a transfer to Manchester United and now scoring in a World Cup.

But he displayed down-to-earth qualities as he faced the media after the game.

“Thanks to my family, I am what I am on and off the pitch,” he said.

Hernandez’s father also played for Mexico in the 1986 World Cup with current coach Javier Aguirre. (Editing by Michael Holden; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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