James, Falcao named in Colombia squad for friendlies

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-12 07:05:25|Editor: Yamei
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BOGOTA, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez and Monaco striker Radamel Falcao have been included in Colombia's squad for friendlies against Japan and South Korea, the country's football federation (FCF) said on Monday.

Head coach Carlos Queiroz also gave opportunities to 22-year-old midfielders Luis Diaz (Junior Barranquilla) and Sebastian Villa (Boca Juniors). Both made their international debuts last year.

Colombia will play Japan in Yokohama on March 22 and South Korea in Seoul four days later.

The matches will give Queiroz a chance to test his squad ahead of the Copa America in Brazil, which begins on June 14.

Colombia have been drawn in Group B for the continental tournament alongside Argentina, Paraguay and Qatar.

Former Real Madrid boss Queiroz took charge of Colombia on a four-year contract last month, replacing Argentine Jose Pekerman, who stood down last September.

Colombia squad:

Goalkeepers: David Ospina, Camilo Andres, Vargas Gil, Ivan Mauricio Arboleda

Defenders: Santiago Arias, Helibelton Palacios, Davinson Sanchez, Jeison Murillo, Yerry Mina, William Tesillo, Cristian Borja, Deiver Machado.

Midfielders: Wilmar Barrios, Gustavo Cuellar, Andres Uribe, Jefferson Lerma, James Rodriguez, Juan Fernando Quintero, Sebastian Villa, Luis Diaz.

Forwards: Radamel Falcao, Duvan Zapata, Luis Muriel, Alfredo Morelos.