James Rodriguez says he is not challenging Manchester United star Radamel Falcao for Colombian captaincy

The former team-mate of Falcao at Porto and Monaco is being tipped to take over as Colombia's national captain.

Real Madrid star James Rodriguez has been forced to deny allegations he is fighting Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao for the captaincy of his national team. Spanish paper Marca report that James told Radio Caracol on the matter of the Colombian captaincy at the Copa America this summer:

"I'm not fighting him for the captaincy. The captain at the moment is Falcao and that's clear. The captain of the national team is someone who has to unite the group, irrespective of his name."

The rumours have come about largely due to the pairs differing form.

James has been excellent since joining Real from Monaco in a big money deal in the summer. He shone at the World Cup for his country, whereas Falcao missed out on selection.

He had not yet recovered from his injury picked up whilst playing in a cup game for Monaco - where he was a team-mate of James, as they also were at FC Porto.

Now he is at Manchester United, after joining on loan from Monaco in the summer. However, while James shines in La Liga Falcao has struggled at Old Trafford.

He has scored just three goals since arriving at the club and has struggled for first-team football under Louis van Gaal.

Despite this he is still the Colombia captain and the fact he has 21 goals in 54 appearances for his nation shows his importance to his nation.

So at the moment the more experienced striker should remain as captain for his nation. However his form for United must improve fast, before James usurps him as the national team captain.

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