Jose Pekerman names official 23-man Colombia squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup
Colombia overachieved expectations and reached the quarterfinal stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. James Rodriguez was the top scorer of the competition with six goals and Los Cafeteros will try and replicate their performance from four years ago.
This Monday, June 4, Jose Nestor Pekerman named the 23-man squad that will represent Colombia in the global competition this summer. The three goalkeepers that the Argentine manager has picked for the 2018 World Cup are David Ospina, Camilo Vargas and Jose Fernando Cuadrado.
The defense is a strong suit of the team with Cristian Zapata, Oscar Murillo, Santiago Arias, Yerry Mina, Frank Fabra, Johan Mojica and Davinson Sanchez. The midfield is exciting and solid with Wilmar Barrios, Carlos Sanchez, Abel Aguilar, Juan Cuadrado, Mateus Uribe, Jefferson Lerma, Juan Fernando Quintero and James Rodriguez.
Finally, the attack consists of Carlos Bacca, Luis Muriel, Miguel Borja, Jose Izquierdo and Radamel Falcao. Cristian Zapata and Abel Aguilar are currently injured and Jose Pekerman will hope that they can be healthy by the start of the competition.
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— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 4, 2018
There are 14 players on the South American side that play in Europe, three players that play in Colombia, three that play in Argentina, two that play in Mexico and Miguel Borja that plays in Brazil.
Davinson Sanchez is the youngest player on the roster at 21 years old while Juan Fernando Cuadrado and Abel Aguilar are the oldest at 33 years old. There are only 10 players on the squad that have previously played in a World Cup, but the roster does have an immense pool of talent.