One by one, this is how those summoned by Reinaldo Rueda arrive at the Colombian National Team

One by one, this is how those summoned by Reinaldo Rueda arrive at the Colombia National Team REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

The Colombian team depends on itself to qualify for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, since there are only 4 dates left to play and the current position in the standings allows those led by Reinaldo Rueda to dream of the third consecutive participation in the event. orbital. The first two challenges for the tricolor will be Peru and Argentina, on January 28 and February 1, respectively.

Bearing this in mind, the ‘tricolor’ has already begun its preparation for the matches valid for days 15 and 16 of the South American Qualifiers and the concentration of the national team in the city of Barranquilla already has a complete list. In fact, several training sessions have already been held at the Colombian Football Federation Sports Venue.

Here we bring you a summary of how each of the players arrives after the performances with their respective clubs.

David Ospina – Naples (ITA)

The National Team’s starting goalkeeper was going through a great moment in his team, but an injury suffered on January 13 against Fiorentina left him out of the last games for Serie A and the Italian Cup. However, the recovery progressed in the best way and he is ready to return to the courts. Surely he will start against Peru.

Camilo Vargas – Atlas FC (MEX)

The Bogota native has become the great figure of his team, so much so that he was key in the last championship achieved by saving penalties in the definition. This Sunday he had a good performance in the 2-0 victory over America and was included in the ideal team of the date in Liga MX.

Andres Mosquera Marmolejo – Independent Medellin (COL)

He kept his place as third goalkeeper over Aldair Quintana and Álvaro Montero, and was called up again after being present in November. In recent days he worked with the squad that played the friendly against Honduras.

Daniel Muñoz – KRC Genk (BEL)

Although she has not yet established herself as the head of the national team, she is becoming more and more firm in the squad. At Genk he is a regular starter, both when he plays with a defense of four and in a line of three. He only missed three of the 24 games in the Belgian League and also participated in the Europa League. On the last date he was in the 1-2 defeat against the leader Saint-Gilloise.

Stefan Medina – Monterrey (MEX)

The former Atlético Nacional returns to a call after being absent in November. He is always a starter in Monterrey, but last Saturday he was sent off in the 2-2 draw against Cruz Azul.

Davinson Sanchez – Tottenham (ENG)

Without a doubt, he is in a great moment, which he hopes to transfer to the Colombian National Team. He won the trust of Antonio Conte and is the undisputed starter for the ‘Spurs’. He only missed one game in the last month: against Morecambe for the FA Cup. On Sunday he was in the defeat against Chelsea for the Premier League.

Yerry Mina – Everton (ING)

He suffered a long injury, which left him out of the last games of the Qualifiers and he has already recovered. Rueda quoted him again because, for him, he is a key piece. Yerry played the last two Premier League games. On Saturday he was the starter and captain in a 0-1 loss to Aston Villa in caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson’s debut.

Oscar Murillo – Pachuca (MEX)

At a time when experience is needed, Murillo’s return was expected. A regular starter in Mexican soccer, he was expelled in his team’s 1-2 defeat against León on the last date of Liga MX.

William Tesillo – Leon (MEX)

Another Colombian player who stands out week after week in Liga MX. He comes from playing the grand final against Atlas and started this tournament as a starter. On the last date, he scored a goal against, but his team beat Pachuca. In his team he plays as a center back, but in Colombia he can also play as a left back. An important option for the trainer.

Johan Mojica – Elche (ESP)

He is the undisputed starter in the Spanish team since his arrival at the beginning of the season. He only missed one League game and played the 90 minutes in the vast majority of the days. In addition, he gave three assists. He participated in the last date in which his team achieved a historic draw against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Freddy Hinestroza – Junior (COL)

One of the great surprises of the call. His multifunctionality allowed him to earn a place, especially in the absence of Yairo Moreno due to injury. In recent days he worked with the squad and was a starter in the friendly against Honduras.

Wílmar Barrios – Zenit (RUS)

Undisputed starter in both the national team and Zenit. The Russian League has been in winter break since December 12. Wilmar was present in 15 of the 18 days and in 13 he played from the beginning. He arrives rested to the Qualifiers, but without activity in the last month.

Gustavo Cuellar – Al Hilal (KSA)

Although he will not be able to play against Peru due to suspension (accumulation of yellow cards), for Rueda he is a key player. In his team he is one of the most regular players and has established himself as a leader in Saudi Arabia. On the last day he played the full ninety minutes in the 1-1 draw against Al Baten.

Víctor Cantillo – Corinthians (BRA)

His absence had drawn attention when the list was released, but Jefferson Lerma’s withdrawal due to covid-19 allowed him to join the team. He has not played yet this year, but he is a regular starter at Corinthians and in the last double date of the Qualifiers he was a great alternative for Rueda.

Matheus Uribe – FC Porto (POR)

Absent in the last double day of the Qualifiers, he returns and that is great news for Rueda, who considers him essential in his idea. He was only absent in one game of the Portuguese League and is one of the Colombians with the most continuity in Europe, as has happened in recent seasons. On the last date he started and was sent off in the 3-1 victory against Famalicão.

Steven Alzate – Brighton (ING)

He regained his place in the National Team after several months of absence. His great moment in the Premier League allowed him to be taken into account by the strategist again. His team is one of the surprises in the English League and his contribution in midfield is very important for the operation. Last Saturday he played from the start in the 1-1 draw against Leicester. It came from being the 90 minutes against Chelsea.

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado – Juventus (ITA)

After a hesitant start to the season, Juan Guillermo has regained his best form and is once again one of Juventus’ most consistent players, both when he plays as a winger and when he does it with more offensive duties. He was only absent in 2 of the 22 days of Serie A and comes from being a figure and scoring a goal in the victory over Sampdoria for the Italian Cup a week ago. In the last Serie A game against Milan, he played all 90 minutes.

James Rodríguez – Al Rayyan (QAT)

Despite the scare caused by his absence in Al Rayyan’s last game, James was once again summoned to the National Team, which needs him at his best level to fight for classification. He hasn’t played much in Qatar yet, but every time he did he showed his hierarchy. This year he scored two goals and provided two assists in 180 minutes.

Yaser Asprilla – Envigado (COL)

The 18-year-old youth, who was already hired by Watford, earned his place in the previous training sessions and in the friendly against Honduras, in which he replaced Juanfer Quintero in great form.

Luis Diaz – Porto (BY)

The best Colombian player so far this season and one of the best in Europe. The peasant comes to this call as the great figure of the team and hopes to confirm it in the Qualifiers. He scored in the last game, which his team beat Famalicão 3-1 and has 14 goals and 5 assists in 18 games in the Portuguese League.

Miguel Borja – Junior (COL)

The great figure of Junior will seek to consolidate his scoring moment. In the National Team, Rueda values ​​him and highlights him as one of the main variants for the center of attack, especially in the absence of Duván Zapata. In his recent match with Junior, he scored a penalty against the Patriots.

Rafael Santos Borre – Eintracht Frankfurt (ALE)

The barranquillero also arrives at a good time. Consolidated starter in Frankfurt, he played all the Bundesliga games, with 6 goals and 5 assists. In his last seven games, he has always converted or provided an assist, except in the last one, when his team lost 0-2 against Arminia.

Alfredo Morelos – Rangers (ESC)

He returns to a call after a couple of absences. As usual, Buffalo are starters at Rangers and have only missed 2 of 21 Scottish Premiership games. Add 13 goals in 30 games in all competitions in the season.

Diego Valoyes – Workshops (ARG)

After being one of the surprises on the November list, he kept his place among those summoned. The Argentine League has not yet started and its last official match was just over a month ago. It comes to be one more variant in offense.

Yimmi Chará – Portland Timbers (USA)

The MLS player also returns to the national team and does so with little activity, since United States soccer is still in recess. His speed and dribbling can be a variant for the coach.

Harold Preciado – Deportivo Cali (COL)

Another of the FPC players who earned his place. Figure of the last champion, he worked with the squad and started in the friendly against Honduras. He did not play on the first date of the League.

Luis Suarez – Granada (ESP)

He returns to the National Team due to the loss of Luis Muriel. He is the undisputed starter in his team and played all the league games. He has 6 goals and 3 assists in 22 games. On the last day, he played the 90 minutes in the 0-2 defeat against Osasuna.


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