Colombia will play without James in the Copa América

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Juventus midfielder Guillermo Cuadrado and Atalanta attackers Duván Zapata and Luis Muriel will guide Colombia in the 2021 Copa América, which will begin in Brazil this Sunday.

Coach Reinaldo Rueda kept the base of the team he called up for the last games of the World Cup qualifying round against Peru and Argentina, without James Rodríguez and Falcao García.

Except for the exclusion of Jefferson Lerma and the call of Yimmy Chará, Portland Timbers, Juan Ferney Otero (Santos Laguna from Mexico) and Jhon Lucumí (Genk from Belgium).

The strategist, who returned to the coffee bench after 15 years with a victory against Peru (3-0) and a draw with Argentina (2-2), bet on the 'calcium' players to play the oldest national team tournament of the world.

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James outside

Rueda had already ruled out James Rodríguez, from English Everton, from his first call-up, claiming that the team's benchmark was not at an “optimal level”.

Despite his controversial decision, he managed to straighten Colombia's path in the race to the Qatar-2022 World Cup, after the fiasco of the Portuguese Carlos Queiroz at the head of the tricolor team.

Colombia will debut in the Copa América this Sunday against Ecuador in Cuiabá.

Four days later they will face Venezuela, in Goianía; on June 20 it will do so with Peru and will close the group stage against Brazil on the 23rd in Rio de Janeiro.

AFP

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