Colombia counting on Falcao

2015-05-12 12:36
Radamel Falcao (File)

Bogota - Real Madrid's James Rodriguez and Manchester United's Radamel Falcao have been named in Colombia coach Jose Pekerman's preliminary 30-man squad for the Copa America in Chile.

Pekerman has also called up two newcomers -- Santa Fe defender Francisco Meza and Equidad goalkeeper Cristian Bonilla -- with Carlos Valdes, Luis Fernando Muriel and Edwin Valencia returning to the group.

The coach of the 2001 champions will cut the squad to 23 on June 1 ahead of the tournament from June 11 to July 4.

Colombia, fourth in the FIFA rankings behind Germany, Argentina and Belgium, are in Group C with Venezuela, Brazil and Peru.

Colombia squad:

Goalkeepers: Camilo Vargas (Atletico Nacional), David Ospina (Arsenal/ENG), Cristian Bonilla (Equidad)

Defenders: Cristian Zapata (AC Milan/ITA), Eder Alvarez (River Plate/ARG), Jeison Murillo (Grenade/ESP), Camilo Zuniga (Napoli/ITA), Pablo Armero (Flamengo/BRA), Santiago Arias (PSV/NED), Carlos Valdes (Nacional/URU), Darwin Marmolejo (Standard Liege/BEL), Francisco Meza (Santa Fe)

Midfielders: Abel Aguilar (Toulouse/FRA), Alexander Mejia (Monterrey/MEX), Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa/ENG), Edwin Cardona (Monterrey/MEX), Fredy Guarin (Inter Milan/ITA), Juan Fernando Quintero (Porto/POR), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Chelsea/ENG), Pedro Franco (Besiktas Istanbul/TUR), James Rodriguez (Real Madrid/ESP), Edwin Valencia (Santos/BRA), Johan Mojica (Valladolid/ESP), Victor Ibarbo (AS Roma/ITA)

Strikers: Carlos Bacca (Sevilla/ESP), Jackson Martinez (Porto/POR), Radamel Falcao (Manchester United/ENG), Teofilo Gutierrez (River Plate/ARG), Andres Renteria (Santos Laguna/MEX), Luis Muriel (Sampdoria/ITA)


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