Colombia coach Carlos Queiroz has highlighted James Rodríguez's situation at Real Madrid and how it could affect the player's position with the national team. In an interview with EFE, Queiroz responded to reports in local media which claim that the Real Madrid midfielder has told the coach that, if he is not a first choice starter, he won't play for the national team. Queiroz, who was in Porto for today's Europa League return leg between Porto and Bayern Leverkusen, admitted that James' lack of playing time is worrying - as is the case with two other Colombia internationals Atlético Madrid's Santiago Arias and Atalanta's Muriel.
Queiroz stated that both James and Radamel Falcao (who is just back from injury) are football references in Colombia, although he added that their status doesn't not have a direct influence on his team selection. He did reveal that the Colombian Football Federation (FCF) have sent a fitness trainer over to Madrid to work with both James and Santiago Arias.