James admits that he plays with greater freedom with Colombia

The Real Madrid midfield player made the declarations on Colombian radio outlet Blu Radio. 'Los Cafeteros' play Bolivia on March 23.

James admits that he plays with greater freedom with Colombia

James Rodríguez spoke to Blu Radio in Colombia ahead of the forthcoming 2018 World Cup qualifying games that sees Colombia face Bolivia and Ecuador. James affirmed that: "These are two crucial games and it's imperative that we secure six points from both matches. This is the mentality we have ahead of the ties".


Colombia v Real Madrid

James was also quizzed about the differing style between the national team and his Real Madrid club outfit. The player admitted that there is a greater physical demand with Madrid claiming: "It is similar but one plays with greater freedom with the national team. At Real Madrid I play in front of three play-makers so I'm obliged to run a little more thus changing my role".

Praise for Falcao

James also took time to praise compatriot Radamel Falcao who is enjoying a rich vein of form again at Ligue 1 side AS Monaco:: "Falcao is playing at a fantastic level, I hope he can retain this form and help the national team".

Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao arrives for a training session on the eve of their UEFA Champions League football match Monaco against Manchester City

The midfielder has bagged five goals and twelve assists in his 24 appearances for for Real Madrid this campaign and has been in and out of favour with coach Zinedine Zidane during the 2016/17 season.

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