Colombia’s DT, Argentine Nestor Lorenzo has left historic James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao Garcia out of the squad for the friendlies it will organize against Iraq and Germany, it was announced on Monday.
James Rodriguez, 31, left Greek club Olympiakos in mid-April and his new team is still unknown, while Falcao, 37, closed an injury-plagued season with Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.
Instead, Lorenzo chose Yasser Asprilla (Watford) and Óscar Cortés (Millionaire), two members of the under-20 team that had reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Argentina.
Other references such as defender Yerry Mina (Everton) and midfielder Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) will once again wear the coffee shirts in the doubles matches against Iraq on 16 June and against Germany on the 20th of the same month, after being absent due to physical problems. and final summons respectively due to the decision of the coach.
Liverpool winger Luis Díaz also returned to the group, having recovered from a knee injury.
Lorenzo took charge last June with the mission of helping Colombia qualify for the 2026 World Cup, which will be hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Here is the squad for the friendly matches:
Goalkeepers: Álvaro Monteiro (Millionaire), Camilo Vargas (Atlas, MEX), Kevin Mair (Atletico Nacional)
Defenders: Daniel Munoz (KRC Genk, BEL), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur, England), Davor Machado (Lens, FRA), Jhon Lucumi (Bologna, Ita), Juan David Mosquera (Portland Timbers, USA), Yerry Mina (Everton ) , England), Yerson Mosquera (Cincinnati FC, USA)
Midfielders: Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth, England), Jhon Arias (Fluminense, BRA), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Juventus, Ita), Jorge Carrascal (CSKA Moscow, Rus), Matheus Uribe (Al Sadd, QAT), Kevin Castaño (Aguilas Doradas ) ) ), Wilmar Barrios (Zenit, Rus), Andres Salazar (Atletico Nacional)
Forwards: Diego Valois (Teleres de Córdoba, ARG), Luis Diaz (Liverpool, England), Mateo Caseira (Zenit, RUS), Oscar Cortes (Millioneiros), Rafael Santos Borre (Eintracht Frankfurt, GER) and Yasser Asprilla (Watford, England) ) )