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James and Falcao head Colombia’s Copa America squad

May 31, 2019
FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, Colombia's James Rodriguez argues with referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim during a friendly soccer match between South Korea and Colombia at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul, South Korea. Abdulrahman Al Jassim, from Qatar which is the host of the 2022 World Cup, was selected as one of the 16 referees for this year's CONCACAF Gold Cup. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, Colombia's James Rodriguez argues with referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim during a friendly soccer match between South Korea and Colombia at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul, South Korea. Abdulrahman Al Jassim, from Qatar which is the host of the 2022 World Cup, was selected as one of the 16 referees for this year's CONCACAF Gold Cup. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — With James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao as main team leaders, Colombia’s coach Carlos Queiroz announced his squad for Copa America in Brazil on Thursday.

Both had muscle problems throughout the season which affected their performances for Bayern Munich and Monaco.

Most of Queiroz’ base was inherited from World Cup squads called by his predecessor, Jose Pekerman.

“There is no time for innovations at a Copa America,” he said.

Queiroz called 13 players that went to Russia in his 23-name list.

The only surprises from the Portuguese coach were defenders Stefan Medina and Jhon Lucumi, and striker Roger Martinez.

Duvan Zapata, who helped with 23 goals to carry Italy’s Atalanta to the Champions League for the first time, was included by Queiroz after missing the World Cup last year.

Colombia’s first Copa America match will be on June 15 against Argentina. Paraguay and Qatar are also in its Group B.

Copa America will be played between June 14 and July 7.

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Colomba squad:

Strikers: David Ospina (Napoli), Alvaro Montero (Deportes Tolima) and Camilo Vargas (Deportivo Cali).

Defenders: Santiago Arias (Atletico Madrid), Stefan Medina (Monterrey), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham), Yerry Mina (Everton), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Jhon Lucumi (Genk), Cristian Borja (Sporting Lisbon) and William Tesillo (Leon).

Midfielders: James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Mateus Uribe (America de Mexico), Wilmar Barrios (Zenit), Gustavo Cuellar (Flamengo), Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth), Edwin Cardona (Pachuca), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Juventus).

Strikers: Luis Fernando Muriel (Fiorentina), Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Duvan Zapata (Atalanta), Luis Diaz (Junior Barranquilla) and Roger Martinez (America de Mexico).

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