James Rodriguez, one of the Colombian footballers who left the most noticeable mark on the football scene in the previous decade, will not be part of the national team for summer obligations within the American Cup. The reason for the absence of the offensive player is the estimation of the coach and his associates that the Everton player is not at his "optimal level".
"The professional staff of the Colombian national team announces that the player James Rodriguez was not invited for the matches against Peru and Argentina for the qualifications for the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 and the CONMEBOL Cup of America in 2021." "In recent days, the midfielder underwent medical examinations.
optimal competitive level, so he will not be able to join the group invited by Reinaldo Rueda due to the above obligations and the South American Championship." "The coach and his team of associates are sad that this time they could not count on Rodriguez and hope that he will soon be able to be a part of the national team, representing our country with pride and professionalism as always, "the statement said.
Rodriguez on their decision
The decision provoked a reaction from the Everton football player who spoke out on this occasion. "I was surprised to receive a statement from the coaching staff saying that they are not counting on me and wish me a full recovery.
A recovery I have already made and in which I have sacrificed a lot." "I feel disappointed because I do not play for my country. The lack of trust of the coach and his associates breaks me and hurts me because I always even left my life for the Colombian national team jersey." "I wish my teammate's good energy and success, and I will follow their games from a distance, but with passion as before, "Rodriguez said Although at the previous World Cup, which was held in Brazil, Rodriguez was the most important member of the Colombian national team, it is obvious that the past work with the coach Reinaldo Ruede does not exist.
Certainly, it is strange how the Colombian national team decided to announce itself, and we still do not know what is happening behind the screen. Maybe there’s just a conflict between Rodriguez and the coach, or someone on the board, given that Rodriguez believes he’s ready.
Either way, this is going to be a big shock for Colombia given the quality Rodriguez possesses. "The coach and his team of associates are sad that this time they could not count on Rodriguez and hope that he will soon be able to be a part of the national team, representing our country with pride and professionalism as always, "the statement said.