Confirmed preliminary Colombia World Cup squad: Crocked Falcao included!

Radamel Falcao

Colombia have named a preliminary 30-man squad for this summer's World Cup - including the injured Falcao.

Jose Pekerman's side are many people's dark horses to go far in the tournament after impressing hugely in qualifying, and with a number of stars of the side currently based in Europe, there are plenty of familiar faces that will strike fear into opposing defences.

The strikers alone are dangerous, with Luis Muriel, Jackson Martinez, Carlos Bacca, Adrian Ramos and Teofilo Gutierrez combining for almost 70 league goals this season - and that's without the predatory prowess of Monaco hitman Falcao, who is named in the squad despite still not being fit from a knee injury suffered in January.

The squad is still littered with key players - former Chelsea target Fredy Guarin, Arsenal target Juan Cuadrado and James Rodriguez, formerly wanted by Manchester United - who will make for an impressive midfield.

Colombia take on Greece, Japan and Ivory Coast in Group C as they play in their first World Cup campaign since 1998, and expectations are high, with at least a place in the knockout rounds expected - where they could meet England.

Here is the preliminary 30-man squad selected by manager Pekerman for this summer's World Cup, which must be trimmed to 23.

Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Nice), Faryd Mondragon (Deportivo Cali), Camilo Vargas (Independiente Santa Fe)

Defenders: Mario Yepes (AC Milan), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Pablo Armero (West Ham United), Camilo Zuniga (Napoli), Aquivaldo Mosquera (America, Mexico), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Luis Amaranto Perea (Cruz Azul), Eder Alvarez Balanta (River Plate), Carlos Valdes (San Lorenzo)

Midfielders: Fredy Guarin (Inter Milan), Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina), Victor Ibarbo (Cagliari), James Rodriguez (Monaco), Abel Aguilar (Toulouse), Juan Fernando Quintero (Porto), Carlos Sanchez (Elche), Macnelly Torres (Al Shabab), Aldo Leao Ramirez (Morelia), Edwin Valencia (Fluminense), Alexander Mejia (Atletico Nacional), Elkin Soto (Mainz)

Forwards: Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Luis Fernando Muriel (Udinese), Jackson Martinez (Porto), Carlos Bacca (Sevilla), Adrian Ramos (Hertha Berlin), Teofilo Gutierrez (River Plate)

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