Colombia name Olympics squad without Real Madrid’s James
The Dream Team VI foes have named their team for the Rio Olympics with Gutierrez, Tesillo and Pabon their overage stars James Rodriguez has been left out of Colombia's 18-man squad for the Olympics games by coach Carlos Restrepo.
The president of the Colombian Football Federation (FCF) had revealed that the Real Madrid forward would not be selected having featured for Los Cafeteros at the Copa America Centenario.
Sporting Lisbon’s Teo Gutierrez and Atletico Nacional’s Miguel Borja are expected to lead the attack for the tournament in Brazil - which starts on August 3 - as Colombia look to win their first Olympics football medal. Gutiérrez, William Tesillo and Dorlan Pabon as the three over-aged included in the squad, with no other major surprises. Colombia begin the tournament with a clash against Sweden on the opening day, before facing other Group B opponents Nigeria and Japan.
FULL SQUAD Goalkeepers: Cristian Bonilla (Atletico Nacional), Luis Hurtado (Deportivo Cali). Defenders: Felipe Aguilar (Atletico Nacional), Deivy Balanta (Junior Barranquilla), William Tesillo (Santa Fe), Helibelton Palacios (Deportivo Cali), Deiver Machado (Millonarios), Cristian Borja (Santa Fe). Midfielders: Sebastian Perez (Atletico Nacional), Jefferson Lerma (Levante-ESP), Wílmar Barrios (Tolima), Andres Renteria (Santos Laguna), Kevin Balanta (Deportivo Cali), Andres Felipe Roa (Deportivo Cali). Forwards: Harold Preciado (Deportivo Cali), Teo Gutierrez (Sporting Lisbon), Miguel Borja (Atletico Nacional), Dorlan Pabon (Monterrey-MEX).