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World Cup 2014: Radamel Falcao selected in Colombia’s squad

Radamel Falcao

Colombia striker Radamel Falcao has been called up for his country’s provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup as he works his way back from a serious knee injury.

The 28-year-old Monaco player has not played since sustaining anterior cruciate ligament damage in January.

But he has been named in Jose Pekerman’s squad, which will be cut to 23 by 2 June.

Colombia are drawn in Group C with Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan.

Pekerman’s side play their first match against Greece on 14 June in Belo Horizonte, before meeting Ivory Coast on 19 June and Japan on 24 June.

Defender Pablo Armero, who spent the second half of the season on loan at West Ham, is the only player that featured in the Premier League this season in a squad that also contains Monaco’s £38.5m midfielder James Rodriguez.

Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Nice), Faryd Mondragon (Deportivo Cali), Camilo Vargas (Independiente Santa Fe).

Defenders: Mario Yepes (AC Milan), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Pablo Armero (West Ham, on loan from Napoli), Camilo Zuniga (Napoli), Aquivaldo Mosquera (Club America), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Luis Amaranto Perea (Cruz Azul), Eder Alvarez Balanta (River Plate), Carlos Valdes (San Lorenzo).

Midfielders: Fredy Guarin (Inter Milan), Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina), Victor Ibarbo (Cagliari), James Rodriguez (Monaco), Abel Aguilar (Toulouse), Juan Fernando Quintero (Porto), Carlos Sanchez (Elche), Macnelly Torres (Al Shabab), Aldo Leao Ramirez (Morelia), Edwin Valencia (Fluminense), Alexander Mejia (Atletico Nacional), Elkin Soto (Mainz).

Forwards: Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Luis Fernando Muriel (Udinese), Jackson Martinez (Porto), Carlos Bacca (Sevilla), Adrian Ramos (Hertha Berlin), Teofilo Gutierrez (River Plate).

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