Chelsea striker Falcao retains place in squad for World Cup qualifiers

Radamel Falcao has struggled for form at Stamford Bridge but the Chelsea forward has kept his place in Colombia's latest squad.

Colombia national team coach Jose Pekerman has kept faith with Radamel Falcao, despite the striker's continued poor form for Chelsea, confirm national outlet Esto.

The 29-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan from AS Monaco, having failed to impress during a similar stint at Manchester United over the previous campaign.

But Falcao's problems in front of goal have continued, with the South American managing just a single goal in eight appearances for the Blues to date.

It comes after a season in which the forward managed just four goals in 29 games for United, with many questioning whether Falcao, who once wowed with Porto and Atletico Madrid, is now in decline.

However the Blues star still has the backing of Pekerman, with the 29-year-old selected as part of the Cafeteros squad for two crucial upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Uruguay.

The move comes despite Colombia boasting plenty in the way of attacking talent with strikers like Carlos Bacca and Teofilo Gutierrez both available and in excellent form for their respective clubs.

Falcao remains a regular goalscorer at international level though, with five goals in his last eight games for Colombia and a good showing in the two upcoming matches could yet translate into an upturn in form for Chelsea.

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