Thu, 30 Mar 2023

BOGOTA, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Uncapped trio Kevin Castano, Nelson Palacio and Johan Carbonero have been included in Colombia's squad for friendlies against South Korea and Japan, the South American country's football federation said on Monday.

Defensive midfielder Castano and playmaker Palacio have been in outstanding form for local clubs Rionegro Aguila and Atletico Nacional, while winger Carbonero has impressed for Argentine outfit Racing Club.

Manager Nestor Lorenzo also called up experienced quintet Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez, Camilo Vargas, Davinson Sanchez and Juan Fernando Quintero.

Colombia will face South Korea in Ulsan on March 24 and Japan in Osaka four days later.

The Cafeteros are currently 17th in the FIFA rankings, while Japan are 20th and South Korea 25th.

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