Colombia manager Carlos Queiroz has revealed that James Rodriguez wasn’t called up to the national team because it was his decision and not because the player requested to be rested.
The midfielder has had a resurgence of his career at Madrid. Over the course of the summer transfer window, many expected him to be sold but Zidane ended up keeping him and now he is turning out to be an important player.
He scored his first goal of the season in the last match against Granada before the international break, for which he wasn’t called up. As a result, there were reports of him asking Queiroz to rest him – but the manager has dismissed the stories and revealed that he wanted to rest the Real Madrid star so that he is ready for when Colombia play competitive matches.
"Some have said that James requested not to be called up, but that's not the truth," the coach stated at a press conference. I've never had a player ask that. The decision is natural, it's my decision. The players who are here correspond to the objectives we have, wanting to maintain a base of 15 or 16 players."
“We can't be upset if one player or another one isn't here. We can't just stick with the most important references of each team. There's a need to look for the future. I hope to have the best players ready for when we'll be competing for three points."