James Rodriguez’s current situation isn’t only a big issue for Everton, but also for the Colombian national team, who still consider him their biggest star.
Manager Reinaldo Rueda hasn’t been calling up the midfielder for the past World Cup Qualifiers’ fixtures due to his recent form, and that’s more than enough to create a big controversy in the local media.
Now according to new reports from Colombia, coach and player have recently been in touch to discuss the situation. Journalist Felipe Sierra reports there’s the intention to have Rodriguez in the coming international fixtures, although there’s one condition for him to be in the squad.
“Reinaldo Rueda spoke with James Rodríguez about his possible call to the Colombian national team in October, as he wants to have him,” reports Sierra.
“The coach asked the midfielder to find as many minutes as possible with Everton, since he needs him with rhythm.”
Following his late return from vacations, James Rodriguez is currently training with Everton’s squad as he prepares to finally get his first minutes this season.
As the Toffees currently prepare to face Aston Villa at the Villa Park on Saturday, manager Rafa Benitez should soon speak out on whether the midfielder will make it in the matchday squad or not.
Colombia face Uruguay, Brazil and Ecuador on the 7th, 10th and 14th of October respectively, and James will need to get a few starts before then if he is to get picked.