Colombia include Bacca, Sanchez

Colombia Coach Jose Pekerman has named Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca and Elche’s Carlos Sanchez in his provisional 30-man World Cup squad.

The duo are the only two players based in La Liga present in a squad tipped by many as dark horses for the tournament in Brazil.

Former Atletico Madrid star Radamel Falcao is also included as he continues his race against the clock to be fit in time, having suffered cruciate knee ligament damage in January.

Colombia will play at their first World Cup finals since France 1998 and have been drawn in Group C alongside Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan.

Colombia’s provisional World Cup squad:

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, on loan from Napoli), Camilo Zuniga (Napoli), Aquivaldo Mosquera (Club America), 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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