James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao to Lead Colombia in Brazil Friendly
James Rodriguez got the golden boot award as top scorer with six goals during the World Cup. Radamel Falcao returns to the Colombia squad after missing the World Cup with an injury to his left knee.
The Colombian Football Federation on Friday named a squad featuring Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez for a September 5 friendly against Brazil in Miami.
Falcao returns to the Colombia squad after missing the World Cup with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
He suffered the injury in a French Cup game on January 22, and it cut short his debut season for Monaco, although he returned to duty for the club this month.
The friendly against Brazil will be a rematch of a World Cup quarter-final won by Brazil.
Colombia manager Jose Pekerman called up 21 of the 23 players from his World Cup squad.
Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal/ENG), Camilo Vargas (Independiente Santa Fe)
Defenders: Pablo Armero (AC Milan/ITA), Camilo Zuniga (Napoli/ITA), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan/ITA), Eder Alvarez Balanta (River Plate/ARG), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven/NED), Carlos Valdes (Philadelphia Union/USA)
Midfielders: Abel Aguilar (Toulouse/FRA), Fredy Guarin (Inter Milan/ITA), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina/ITA), James Rodriguez (Real Madrid/ESP), Aldo Leao Ramirez (Atlas/MEX), Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa/ENG), Alexander Mejia (Atletico Nacional), Juan Fernando Quintero (Porto/POR), Edwin Valencia (Fluminense/BRA), Carlos Carbonero (Cesena/ITA).
Forwards: Jackson Martinez (Porto/POR), Carlos Bacca (Sevilla/ESP), Teofilo Gutierrez (River Plate/ARG), Adrian Ramos (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Victor Ibarbo (Cagliari/ITA), Falcao (Monaco/FRA), Luis Muriel (Udinese/ITA)