He has tried everything. Finally, Radamel Falcao has resigned to participate in the World Cup. Injured in December 2013, the AS Monaco attacker had begun a race against the clock to compete in the high mass of world football.
“This is a difficult time. I will support the team with all my strength. Selected strikers for the World Cup are great players who have the support of the team and coaches. They were good during the season,” Falcao said Monday at a press conference with his coach José Pekerman.
In the 23, James Rodriguez, Jackson Martinez and Carlos Bacca will have the burden to replace Falcao. Colombia is in the group of Côte d’ Ivoire, Greece and Japan.
The list of 23:
Goalkeepers: David Ospina ( Nice / FRA) , Faryd Mondragon (Deportivo Cali ) , Camilo Vargas (Santa Fe) .
Defenders: Pablo Armero (West Ham / ENG), Camilo Zuñiga ( Napoli / ITA) , Cristian Zapata (AC Milan / ITA) , Eder Luis Alvarez ( River Plate / ARG ), Mario Alberto Yepes ( Bergamo / ITA ), Carlos Valdés ( San Lorenzo / ARG) .
Midfielders: Abel Aguilar ( Toulouse / ARG) , Fredy Guarin (Inter / ITA ), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina / ITA ), James Rodriguez ( Monaco / FRA ), Carlos Sanchez ( Elche / ESP) , Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven / NED ), Alexander Mejia (Atlético Nacional ), Juan Fernando Quintero ( Porto / POR) , Aldo Leao Ramirez ( Morelia / MEX)
Forwards: Jackson Martinez (Porto / POR), Carlos Bacca ( Sevilla / ESP), Teofilo Gutierrez ( River Plate / ARG ), Adrian Ramos (Hertha Berlin / GER ), Victor Ibarbo (Cagliari / ITA) .