World Cup 2018

James: Colombia eyeing at least World Cup semis

James Rodriguez, the Bayern Munich player on loan from Real Madrid, is feeling positive about leading his nation to at least the 2018 World Cup semi-finals in Russia.

James: Colombia eyeing at least World Cup semis

Colombia star James Rodriguez hopes he can lead his team into at least the World Cup semi-finals in Russia.

Last four target for Colombia

The South Americans are coming off their best result at the showpiece tournament, having reached the quarter-finals in Brazil in 2014.

James, 26, believes the nation can produce even better later this year after being drawn with Poland, Senegal and Japan in Group H.

"I want to have a good World Cup and help my team-mates get to the semi-finals or the final – why not?" he told

Semis | James Rodriguez of Bayern Munich during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match against Real Madrid.

James has enjoyed a fine first season at Bayern Munich after joining the Bundesliga giants on loan from Real Madrid. Asked about Colombia potentially meeting defending champions Germany in the World Cup final, James was open to such a clash.

"Yeah, why not? It would be great," he said.

"But that's a long way away, we need to take things step by step."