Colombia coach Carlos Queiroz has explained why Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos was left out his Copa America squad, admitting to the Daily Record that his performances in recent friendlies were simply not good enough.
Morelos has enjoyed the season of his life at Ibrox, notching 29 goals in 47 games under Steven Gerrard.
But the former HJK Helsinki talisman is yet to make the transition to the international stage. He made a brief cameo appearance in a 1-0 defeat to Japan in March before being hauled off at half-time in a 2-1 loss against South Korea.
To make matters worse, Morelos was given a match rating of just 4/10 by the South American edition of ESPN with his failure to link up to Atalanta forward Duvan Zapata proving to be a major problem.
As a result, Morelos has now missed out on representing his country at this summer’s Copa America.
"Alfredo Morelos has only started one game after the friendlies with Colombia in Asia. And his performance was a little below the expectations he had,” said former Manchester United and Real Madrid coach Queiroz.
"But Alfredo does have a lot of talent and he's still young.”
Morelos insists he was ‘surprised’ to be left at home by Queiroz, but perhaps the manager’s decision also owed something to the fact that the 22-year-old has picked up a staggering five red cards in 2018/19 alone.
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