Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao believes a successful Copa America with Colombia will prepare his country for an assault on the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Falcao has endured a poor loan spell at Man United this season but was included in Jose Pekerman’s 24-man squad for Colombia’s friendlies against Bahrain and Kuwait over the international break.
Colombia surprised many at the 2014 World Cup by reaching the quarter-finals of the competition before being knocked out by hosts Brazil, so are a side full of confidence.
Falcao believes he is part of a good group of players and that they can make an impact on world football in 2018.
Speaking about Colombia, Falcao said: ”The national squad has brought together a team of young players who all come from the same background. We’re all young and our main objective is to strengthen ourselves, ready for the World Cup in Russia.
“The Copa America in the United States will help us with that objective. We really want to do our best in order to be among the elite.”
Falcao will more than likely be delighted to get away with his national team having been left on the Man United bench for a number of weeks.
Perhaps a few goals will boost the player’s confidence before he gets back to Old Trafford, but it seems as if it is too late for Falcao to make any meaningful impact at the club.
Instead of players such as Falcao and Angel di Maria, who arrived at United with world-class reputations, it is the likes of Chris Smalling, Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata who are making waves in Louis van Gaal’s side. It shows just how far confidence goes when it comes to a player doing well.