FIFA World Cup 2018: Colombia select James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao for friendlies against France, Australia
Two key Colombia players Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez and Monaco striker Radamel Falcao figure in coach Jose Pekerman's squad for upcoming friendlies against France and Australia.
Bogota: Two key Colombia players Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez and Monaco striker Radamel Falcao figure in coach Jose Pekerman's squad for upcoming friendlies against France and Australia.
The pair's inclusion comes after a battle with injury, a thigh problem for Rodriguez and left thigh for Falcao.
They are among the 26 Pekerman has called up for the World Cup warm-ups against Didier Deschamps' Les Bleus next Friday at the Stade de France with Australia following at Wembley four days later.
The big absentee is Juventus midfielder Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, who has been sidelined since an operation on a sports hernia.
Boca Juniors midfielder Edwin Cardona is missing due to suspension.
At the World Cup, Colombia are in Group H with Poland, Senegal and Japan.
Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal/ENG), Camilo Vargas (Deportivo Cali)
Defenders: Cristian Zapata (AC Milan/ITA), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham/ENG), Jefferson Lerma (Levante/ESP), Yerry Mina (Barcelona/ESP), Johan Mojica (Sporting Gijon/ESP), Bernardo Espinosa (Sporting Gijon/ESP), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven/NED), Oscar Murillo (Pachuca/MEX), Frank Fabra (Boca Juniors/ARG)
Midfielders: Jose Heriberto Izquierdo (Brighton/ENG), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich/GER), Carlos Sanchez (Espanyol/ESP), Giovanni Moreno (Shanghai Shenhua/CHN), Mateus Uribe (America/MEX), Wilmar Barrios (Boca Juniors/ARG), Juan Fernando Quintero (River Plate/ARG), Abel Aguilar (Deportivo Cali), Victor Cantillo (Junior)
Forwards: Duvan Zapata (Sampdoria/ITA), Carlos Bacca (Villarreal/ESP), Luis Fernando Muriel (Sevilla/ESP), Radamel Falcao (Monaco/FRA), Miguel Borja (Palmeiras/BRA), Yimmi Chara (Junior)
Champions League: Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick mulls starting Ivan Perisic or Philippe Coutinho for last 16 second leg
Bayern host Frank Lampard's Chelsea at the Allianz Arena in the last 16, return leg holding a 3-0 advantage after routing the Blues at Stamford Bridge last February before the competition was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 36 clubs in Bundesliga's top two men's divisions held a virtual meeting on Tuesday to define a broad outline for the leagues. The exact number of fans allowed could vary by club.
This Bayern Munich's 19th consecutive victory in all competitions, and a 28th game unbeaten for Hansi Flick's side. They have now scored 39 goals in nine Champions League outings this season.