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James Rodriguez marks absent in Colombian squad for WC Qualifiers

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James Rodriguez marks absent in Colombian squad for WC Qualifiers
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James Rodriguez recently left Everton to join the Qatar club, Al-Rayyan SC.

James Rodriguez didn’t find himself in the Colombian squad for World Cup Qualifiers. Colombia is fighting for the final automatic qualifying position with Uruguay. Reinaldo Rueda’s side is trying to fend off Paraguay for fifth, putting them in a playoff for a qualifying spot.

Colombia will face three nations ahead of them in Uruguay, Brazil, and Ecuador. Two of these three crucial fixtures will be at home in Barranquilla. These WC qualifying fixtures will see the return of Premier League players but one big name was missing.

Colombia recently announced their call-ups for the WC qualifiers. The most notable omission was James Rodriguez, who recently left Everton to join Qatar club, Al-Rayyan SC.

Here’s the squad for Colombia:

Goalkeepers: Aldair Quintana – Atletico Nacional, Camilo Vargas – Atlas, and David Ospina – SSC Napoli

Defenders: Carlos Cuesta – KRC Genk, Daniel Muñoz – KRC Genk, Dávinson Sánchez – Tottenham Hotspur, Jhon Lucumí – KRC Genk, Johan Mojica – Elche, Stefan Medina – Monterrey, William Tesillo – Club León, and Yerry Mina – Everton

Midfielders: Éder Álvarez Balanta – Club Brujas, Gustavo Cuéllar – Al-Hilal, Jéfferson Lerma – AFC Bournemouth, Juan Fernando Quintero – Shenzhen FC, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado – Juventus, Matheus Uribe – FC Porto, and Wílmar Barrios – Zenit of Saint Petersburg

Forwards: Duván Zapata – Atalanta BC, Falcao García – Rayo Vallecano, Luis Diaz – FC Porto, Luis Sinisterra – Feyenoord, Miguel Ángel Borja – Guild, Rafael Santos Borré – Eintracht Frankfurt, and Róger Martínez – Club America

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