The Colombian Football Federation announced that James Rodríguez was dismissed from the Colombia selection for the Eliminatory and Copa América matches due to “That is not at the optimum level of competence” and the debate across the country was further ignited by a statement later published by the Everton player.
On Divided Ball the issue took the leading role it should have and the debate caught on. Jorge Bermúdez was the most critical of James Rodríguez and recalled part of his career in recent times: “There was a pimp shop and some covered over to James Rodríguez and now a serious guy arrives and says he’s not right, he doesn’t show interest to come here to work to see if he can get back as soon as possible, so bye (…) It happened like this seven years ago in the Colombian National Team, let’s not cover the garbage with the mat, let’s say things as they are, with Pékerman James and other players always carried them, whether they were well or not, it happened many times and with Ancelotti it also happens because he pimp James, that’s why only he plays with Ancelotti (…) You have to say things as they are and not cover anything (…) Since the 2014 World Cup, James is not important for the Colombian National Team, seven years ago, he was important in the World Cup, from then on injured or does not play, or plays from time to time and does not perform, that is the reality ”.
Lizet Durán referred to the position of both parties: “I don’t think it’s a reckoning And I don’t think it’s a lack of interest on James’ part, it goes further, it’s a communication issue, I don’t think, it would be a very thin spin to think that Reinaldo is charging James something, I don’t think so.
Gastón Pezzuti finally made reference to the role of the Colombian team’s medical team: “I don’t think I’m charging you anything, you think that the medical body is going to want to get stuck in this, evidently studies were carried out and it was projected to what these two dates were and what the Copa América was to come and they said no, we have more chances of having it outside than insideThis is not the time, I don’t think any professional wants to be stuck in this situation (…) the medical body is the first to cover itself ”.