Bogota, May 15: Colombia head coach Jose Pekerman on Monday named uncapped goalkeeper Ivan Arboleda to his provisional 30-man football squad for the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Arboleda, 22, has been a revelation this season for the Argentine top division club Banfield, and is widely touted as a successor to Colombia’s current first-choice keeper David Ospina, reports Xinhua news agency.
Pekerman also called up Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado and Boca Juniors midfielder Sebastian Perez, who recently returned from respective groin and knee injuries.
As expected, the squad is led by Monaco striker Radamel Falcao and Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez. Also named were Barcelona center-back Yerry Mina, Tottenham Hotspur defender Davinson Sanchez and Villarreal striker Carlos Bacca. Pekerman will have until June 4 to trim his squad to 23. IANS