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Colombia squad against Spain and Romania: surprises and absences of Néstor Lorenzo for March friendlies

Colombia squad against Spain and Romania: surprises and absences of Néstor Lorenzo for March friendlies

HUntil now, after its arrival in the middle of 2022, The Colombian Senior National Team is undefeated in 16 games under the command of Nstor Lorenzo. And on the first FIFA date of 2024 The Argentine coach will face a couple of tough tests against Spain (Friday, March 22) and Romania (Tuesday, March 26)so he hopes to choose the best and extend that streak without losing.

It must be said that of those 16 games played, The Colombian national team has only faced one European rival, it went to Germany as a visitor on June 20, 2023, leaving a historic 2-0 victory with scores from Luis Díaz and Juan Guillermo Cuadrado. Furthermore, Of those matches they have obtained 11 victories and 5 draws, having faced 6 qualifying matches for the 2026 World Cup and 10 friendlies..

Well, to maintain this positive mark, but giving the opportunity to several players who had not returned to call-ups and who had never had a call-up, Lorenzo chose several names that surprised.

Colombia call to play friendlies with Spain and Romania in March 2024

On the list of 26 players are the returns of David Ospina, Johan Mojica and Juan Fernando Quintero, in addition to the inclusions of Juan Camilo Portilla, Ian Carlo Poveda, among the most notable and commented on.

David Ospina – Al-Nassr (KSA)

lvaro Montero – Millonarios FC (COL)

Camilo Vargas – Atlas (MEX)

Carlos Cuesta – KRC Genk (BEL)

John Luke – Bologna (ITA)

Yerry Mina – Cagliari (ITA)

Yerson Mosquera – Villarreal (ESP)

Santiago Arias – EC Baha (BRA)

Cristian Borja – SC Braga (POR)

Daniel Muoz – Crystal Palace (ENG)

Johan Mojica – Osasuna (ESP)

Jefferson Lerma – Crystal Palace (ENG)

Kevin Castao – FC Krasnodar (RUS)

Juan Camilo Portilla – CA Talleres (ARG)

Richard Ros – Palmeiras (BRA)

James Rodrguez – So Paulo (BRA)

Juan Fernando Quintero – Racing Club (ARG)

Jhon Arias – Fluminense (BRA)

Jorge Carrascal – Dynamo Moscow (RUS)

Ian Poveda – Sheffield Wednesday (ENG)

Yaser Asprilla – Watford (ENG)

Luis Daz – Liverpool (ENG)

Luis Sinisterra – AFC Bournemouth

Jhon Crdoba – FC Krasnodar (RUS)

Mateo Cassierra – Zenit (RUS)

Rafael Santos Borr – International (BRA)

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In the goalkeepers, It seemed that the only permanent player was Camilo Vargas, but many were asking Kevin Mier for his excellent moment at Cruz Azul in Mexicoabove a David Ospina without minutes and an lvaro Montero without a good level in Millonarios.

In defense are the expected names, but The return of Johan Mojica was surprising, who had not been recently and due to his age it seemed that they were going to find a replacement for him.It was also striking that Santiago Arias was there, when he is just getting used to the Bahá de Brasil.

In the midfield there were several striking names, such as the first opportunity for Juan Camilo Portilla, who stands out in Talleres de Córdoba in Argentina, after shining locally with América de Cali. And getting James Rodriguez back together, returning to his form with So Paulo, with Juan Fernando Quintero, who is key in Racing de Avellaneda, is something that excites the fans.

And although He was in Europe a long time ago, even being in the youth teams of the England National Team and Manchester City, he did not expect the presence of Ian Carlo Poveda, who currently plays for the English Sheffield Wednesday. It seems that they give him the opportunity to be with the main group, after having participated in the ‘Selection B’ friendlies played in December against Venezuela and Mexico.

On attack The call of Rafael Santos Borr could be considered unfair, since he has just changed teams from Werder Bremen in Germany to Internacional de Porto Alegre in Brazil. In addition, he had not been active for several weeks and is only adding a few minutes in his new team, but for Lorenzo he is a regular player and the one who fulfills functions that cover the lack of brand and route of James and Quintero.

Controversies over absences on Colombia’s list for friendlies against Spain and Romania

The case of Kevin Mier is not only controversial, it will also have the ‘Tricolor’ coach giving explanations, especially due to the young man’s good moment in Mexico and in the face of a long-awaited renewal in the position. The thing about Davinson Sánchez is understandable because he was injured in Galatasaray and did not have time to recoversame situation as Juan Guillermo Square who has been away from Inter Milan’s first team for a long time.

Those who erased themselves, for poor performances in the last qualifying matches played in 2023, are Frank Fabra from Boca Juniors and Wilmar Barrios from the Russian Zenit. But there are other players who were better and who have given the first strong criticism to Nstor Lorenzo’s list.

Miguel Borja, River Plate’s top scorer this season and at a high level, was not called up and that is why the inclusion of Santos Borr has greater contradictions, but ‘el Colibr’ does not fulfill the tactical functions of ‘Rafa’. Case similar to that of Juan Camilo ‘Cucho’ Hernndez, who is a key scorer and key scorer for the Columbus Crew of the MLS to be in the title fight, but was not included in this call.

Y Carlos Andrés Gómez was one of those who could earn the position in those friendlies of the ‘Colombia B Team’ in Decemberbut the coach did not take him and it could be understood that he has several players with the same characteristics of speed and arrival to the area from the extremes.

When and at what time does Colombia play against Spain and Romania on the FIFA date in March?

Even though the undefeated status of ‘la Tricolor’ is at stake, we cannot forget that these matches serve as preparation for the Copa América that will be played next June in the United States. It is known that the objective is the title and that is why the tests must be fair and necessary, always fine-tuning the group for this competition and the continuation of the World Cup Qualifiers that will resume in the second half of the year.

Date and Time: Friday, March 22, 2024 – 3:30 pm (Colombia Time)

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Date and Time: Tuesday, March 26, 2024 – 2:30 pm (Colombia Time)

Free television: Caracol Televisión and Canal RCN

Link to view online: Gol Caracol and RCN Ftbol page

There are names that are not there due to bad times or injuries, but little by little they are moving away from the group of those who were regular players like Falcao Garca and Juan Guillermo Cuadradowhat For different reasons, they have not been with the main team of ‘la Tricolor’ for a few months. and it seems that it is natural due to age and performance.