Everton star James Rodriguez has ‘lacked management’ in his ongoing fight with the Colombian FA.

That’s according to former Colombia international Arnulfo Valentierra, who believes the Everton man needs to be careful in his ongoing battle with his country.

Rodriguez has been engaged in something of a war of words with Colombia over the last few weeks after being sent home from their camp before the Copa America.

Colombia insisted that was because his fitness was not up to scratch, but the Everton midfielder has rallied against that publicly, insisting that his fitness is not an issue and there are other reasons behind his omission.

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His public stance is something that has seen him receiving plenty of criticism in the press, with Rodriguez pretty much in a war of words with several high profile figures.

It’s been an ugly affair for a man who is an icon in Colombia and something Valentierra believes could have been avoided.

“I don’t doubt the importance or the quality of James in the Colombian national team,” he told Más allá del Deporte, relayed by Futbolete.

“Whenever he has worn the Tricolor shirt, he has always done well and has felt confident.

“But by not being taken into account for this call-up, he has come out with statements that hurt him, and I think he should give better handling of this situation.

“I think James has taken this whole situation to heart and is not well advised.

“He needs people to advise him, to advise him when it comes to expressing his opinions in these cases.

“He has lacked management, and I understand that because it shows the desire, he has to be in the national team, but it is important to prevent third parties from exaggerating and distorting things.”