James: Easier with support…

James Rodriguez appeared to aim a swipe at Real Madrid when he said the support he gets with Colombia is why he is more productive than at club level.

The midfielder inspired his country to a 3-1 win over Ecuador in South America’s World Cup 2018 qualification stage and was asked post-match why his performances appear so different internationally than at club level.

“When you play and have the support of everyone, it’s easier,” he said, AS reports, with the insinuation being that he doesn’t have that with Los Blancos.

“I wanted to score, but I’m happy for the two games [of the international break].”

James did net in last week’s 3-2 win over Bolivia and his remarks come the day after compatriot and former Parma and Newcastle striker Faustino Asprilla complained of Madrid’s treatment of the national team captain.

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