James Rodríguez ruled on his departure from the call-up of the Colombian National Team for the next qualifying matches and the Copa América. He was very critical of Reinaldo Rueda’s coaching staff.
Minutes after the announcement of the Colombian Football Federation about the physical situation that distances him from the tricolor, on 10 published a statement clarifying several issues.
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– James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) May 28, 2021
This is your text:
“To the media, soccer fans and the general public, I want to express my thoughts and feelings regarding the decision made by the coaching staff of the Colombian National Team regarding the next knockout dates and the Copa América.
I come from a recovery that is in its final part. In which I have taken enough time to fully integrate myself to the practice of football and in this way not affect my participation in the next commitments of our National Team.
The pertinent times of this process suggest that I be careful to participate on date 7 of the tie, but they would not allow me to fully integrate on date 8 and of course be for the Copa América 2021.
With surprise I receive the statement from the coaching staff, stating that they do not count on me and wishing me a full recovery. Recovery that I have already made and in which I have sacrificed a lot.
The above fills me with deep disappointment, for what it means to me to play for my country. Not receiving the trust of the coaching staff breaks with everything and causes me enormous pain, since I have always left even my life for the National Team shirt.
For my colleagues the best energy and best wishes. In the distance I will support with the passion of always ”.