Colombia trains in Italy ahead of Egypt friendly

The team plays its pre-World Cup friendly against Egypt in Bergamo this week.

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Coach Jose Pekerman put the Colombian national team through the paces ahead of this week’s pre-World Cup friendly against Egypt in Bergamo, according to EFE news agency.

The clash with Egypt on Friday will give Pekerman the chance to try out different combinations as he decides who among the 35 players he brought to Italy will make the final 23-man roster. The preliminary squad includes 11 veterans of the Colombian side that reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup before falling to host Brazil.

Falcao in

Some of the stars of that campaign, such as midfielder James Rodriguez and goalkeeper David Ospina, will certainly be making the trip to Russia. Though he missed the 2014 World Cup due to injury, Radamel Falcao, Colombia’s all-time leading scorer with 29 goals in 71 appearances, is also sure to be in the line-up.

For the 2018 tournament, Colombia will be part of Group H along with Poland, Senegal, and Japan. The Colombians will begin their quest for a berth in the knockout stage with a match against Japan on June 19.