″This can’t happen again″

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The Colombians finished sixth in South American qualifying, missing out on access to the 2022 World Cup

James Rodríguez reacted with extreme sadness to Colombia’s inability to claim a place at the 2022 World Cup in the early hours of Wednesday, after beating Venezuela (1-0) but seeing Peru win against Paraguay, which guaranteed the Peruvians the game-out of access to the competition against the winner of Australia-United Arab Emirates.

“The most beautiful thing I have experienced in my football career has been watching two World Cups featuring the shirt I love the most, my team’s yellow. Today I have deep pain. I believe that our country has the talent and the players to always be part of the World Cup”, began by writing the Colombian international in the description of the post he made on Instagram.

“I feel sad and not just for myself, but also for my colleagues, who deserve to shine and I know they can. I don’t know what will happen in the next few years, I don’t know if I will be [na seleção]. What I do know is that it breaks my heart to lose, it bothers me not to qualify and it can’t happen again,” lamented James, author of the only coffee goal against Venezuela.

Despite the injury, James turned his attention to the future of the Colombian national team, calling for unity, so that the “world” could once again bear witness to the “talent” of the South American nation.

“I want Colombia to participate in all the World Cups, to win titles in the most different competitions and categories. We have to plan, join forces and work hard, from administration to the more sporting aspect, to show the world the power and talent of our land,” concluded the 30-year-old.

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