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Why is James Rodriguez not playing for Colombia against Peru tonight?

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JAMES RODRIGUEZ has long been regarded as Colombia’s most valuable player, but this summer, the Everton midfielder has been deemed surplus to requirements.

Colombia are taking part in this summer’s Copa America tournament, but will be without star player Rodriguez, who has had injury problems with loan club Everton throughout the course of the season.

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James Rodriguez will not get the chance to shine for Colombia this summer[/caption]

Copa America starts on June 13 and will be hosted by Brazil after Covid-hit Colombia and Argentina pulled out as hosts.

And before then, the Colombians have two crucial World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Argentina.

Why is James Rodriguez not playing for Colombia at Copa America?

Unfortunately and unexpectedly for Rodriguez, he simply wasn’t chosen by manager Reinaldo Rueda because they deemed him not to be at the ‘optimal level’.

Rodriguez had been hit with injuries throughout the 2020/21 season with Everton but performed well when he played for the Toffees.

The former Real Madrid star, however, worked his way into a position to be fit for this summer’s tournament, but boss Rueda still didn’t fancy taking Rodriguez.

A statement read: “The coaching staff of the Colombia Men’s Senior Team reports that the player James Rodríguez has been called off for the games against Peru and Argentina for the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and the CONMEBOL Copa América 2021.

“In recent days, the midfielder was subjected to medical examinations, which determined that he is not at the optimal level of competition, therefore, he will not be able to join the group called by Reinaldo Rueda for the aforementioned commitments and the South American championship.

“The coach and his team of collaborators regret not being able to count on James Rodríguez this time and hope that soon the midfielder will be able to be part of a call, representing our country with the height and professionalism as he has always done.”

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James Rodriguez will be watching Colombia from the sidelines this summer[/caption]

Rodriguez came back with a statement of his own, noting that he was disappointed with the decision.

“I want to express my thoughts and feelings regarding the decision made by the coaching staff of the Colombian team for the upcoming knockout dates and Copa America,” he explained.

“I come from a recovery that is in its final part. In which I took enough time to fully integrate myself to the practice of soccer and in this way not affect my participation in the next commitments of our Selection.

“The pertinent times of this process suggest that I be careful to participate on date 7 of the tie, but they would allow me to fully integrate on date 8 and of course be for the Copa America 2021.

“With surprise I receive the statement from the main technical body stating that they do not count on me and wishing me a full recovery.

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James Rodriguez spent periods of the 2020/21 season on the injury table[/caption]

“Recovery that I already made and in which I have sacrificed a lot.

“The above filled me with deep disappointment because for me it means playing for my country.

“Not receiving the trust from the technical body breaks with everything and causes me enormous pain, since for the shirt of the Colombia team I have always left even my life.

“For my colleagues the best energy and best wishes. From a distance I will support with the passion of always.”

Colombia’s Copa American campaign will begin on June 15 against Ecuador.

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Three ways Man Utd could line up after Jadon Sancho transfer including gung-ho set-up with two attacking midfielders

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MANCHESTER UNITED are on the verge of FINALLY signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

SunSport told you last week that United have agreed a £350,000-a-week, five-year deal with the England winger.

Fernandes and Sancho can tuck in centrally to cause maximum threat
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Jadon Sancho is currently with England on Euro 2020 duty[/caption]

The Red Devils are still locked in negotiations with Dortmund over a fee, having had a £61million bid knocked back.

Talks are ongoing, with Fabrizio Romano claiming that they are largely centred around the structure of an £81million price.

With the protracted deal looking like going ahead, let’s take a look at how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could line up his team with its latest addition.

The Norwegian could go all out attack, in which case the back four and goalkeeper will have to be in top form.

David de Gea is set to continue his battle for the No1 spot with England international Dean Henderson.

While Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw will most likely remain the most-used back four.

In order to accommodate Sancho, Solskjaer will have to balance his midfield carefully.

If going all-out-attack, he could try Scott McTominay alongside Paul Pogba at the base, provided the Frenchman stays after Euro 2020 – with Fred another option.

Solskjaer will likely go for a more orthodox 4-2-3-1
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Sancho can link up with England pal Marcus Rashford[/caption]

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Bruno Fernandes and Sancho will then have license to roam further forward, no doubt creating and scoring numerous goals.

Edinson Cavani has committed to another year at Old Trafford, while Marcus Rashford will hope to better his goal tally of 11 from last term.

Sancho, 21, could be utilised on either flank or nominally upfront, particularly if Solskjaer tries to play two up top in a 3-4-1-2.

In such a system, Alex Telles could potentially come into his own – with Shaw in a left centre-back position.

Solskjaer will also have to ponder what to do with Anthony Martial, when the Frenchman returns from injury next term.

The 49-year-old certainly won’t lack for options, as the Red Devils aim to go one better than the 2020-21 campaign and win the Premier League.

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Five possible opponents for Mike Tyson as big comeback announced for September including Evander Holyfield

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BOXING legend Mike Tyson is set to return to the ring later this year – but the Baddest Man on the Planet is currently without an opponent.

The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world returned to action last November for an exhibition bout with Roy Jones Jr, his first fight in over 15 years.

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Mike Tyson returned to the ring last November for an exhibition with Roy jones Jr[/caption]

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And Iron Mike is planning to get back into the squared circle in September[/caption]

And Tyson‘s current coach – legendary MMA trainer Rafael Cordeiro – recently revealed they’re training for a September outing.

He told MMA Fighting: “We continue training. He’s an athlete and is always training, hitting pads here in the gym.

“I think we’re going to have something in September.”

‘I don’t know who because his company Legends Only League is working on it and negotiating a TV deal so they can announce a schedule, but we’re training.

“We’ll be fighting in September.”

Several names are in the running to face Iron Mike, so SunSport thought it’d only be right to reveal some of the frontrunners to face the 54-year-old.

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Evander Holyfield

Tyson’s old rival Evander Holyfield is gearing up to make his own return to the squared circle this year.

The Real Deal will be welcomed back to the ring later this year by Kevin McBride, who was the final opponent of Tyson’s professional career.

The pair’s clash was due to take place on June 5 but has not yet been rescheduled.

If Holyfield gets through the fight unscathed – or if the contest is cancelled – there’s a chance a trilogy fight with Tyson come to fruition.

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A trilogy fight between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield could be on the talks[/caption]

Lennox Lewis

In April, Tyson claimed his second exhibition would be a rematch with his old foe Lennox Lewis.

Lewis subsequently confirmed he’s open to accepting the fight and revealed talks are ongoing.

When asked if a deal was in place, he told Fox Sports: “Not yet, but soon — maybe. We’re talking.”

But both men have gone quiet on the bout, which would be a watered-down version of their June 2002 clash.

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Lennox Lewis threw down with Mike Tyson in June 2002[/caption]

Shannon Briggs

Shannon Briggs threw his name into the hat to welcome Tyson back to the ring last year but was ultimately snubbed in favour of Jones Jr.

And The Cannon is still eager to face his fellow New Yorker, recently calling for the fight on Instagram.

In a video of himself hitting the bag, Briggs said: “They hatin’ on me. I don’t know why they won’t give me a shot.

“Come on y’all, give me a shot.”

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Shannon Briggs is desperate to share the ring with Mike Tyson[/caption]

James Toney

Former three-weight world champion James Toney is also one of the many fighters interested in sharing the ring with Tyson.

Lights Out called out Tyson in March, telling him: “You better not wear a mini-skirt to our fight. No jokes. Lights Out!”

Toney made a beeline for Tyson and Holyfield last May after the pair announced their respective intentions to return to the ring.

He said: “To all those bringing up my name in these exhibition fight, count me in.

“If they want to do it, give me a call. I ain’t going nowhere.”

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Three-weight world champion James Toney is desperate to face Mike Tyson[/caption]

Wladimir Klitschko

Former unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has been teasing a return to the ring ever since his retirement from the sport in 2017.

So an exhibition against one of the fighters he used to look up to could be the perfect way for him to get back into the ring without taking too much damage.

The Ukrianian, 45, hasn’t appeared to be training much as of late.

But he recently teased a return in January in a motivational Instagram post, in which he asked: “You know what people love to see more than anything in this world? “A comeback!!!”

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Heartbroken Stefanos Tsitsipas learned his grandmother had died five minutes before French Open defeat to Novak Djokovic

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HEARTBROKEN Stefanos Tsitsipas learned his grandmother had died just five minutes before stepping on to court for the French Open final.

The Greek sensation, 22, was playing in his first Grand Slam final when he took on Novak Djokovic in Paris.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas’ grandmother passed away just before the French Open final[/caption]

Despite taking a two-set lead over the world No1, Tsitsipas eventually fell to a 6-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 defeat in four hours 11 minutes at Roland Garros.

But he put on a brave fight despite having stepped on to court moments after receiving news of the family tragedy.

Tsitsipas took to Instagram on Sunday evening to share an emotional post.

Captioning a photo holding the runner-up’s plate, the philosophical new world No4 wrote: “Life isn’t about winning or losing. It’s about enjoying every single moment in life whether that’s alone or with others.

“Living a meaningful life without misery and abjection.

“Lifting trophies and celebrating wins is something, but not everything.

“Five minutes before entering the court my very beloved grandmother lost her battle with life.

“A wise woman whose faith in life, and willingness to give and provide can’t be compared to any other human being that I have ever met.

“It’s important to have more people like her in this world. Because people like her make you come alive. They make you dream.

“I would like to say that regardless of the day, circumstance or situation, this is entirely dedicated to her, and only her.

“Thank you for raising my father. Without him this wouldn’t have been possible.”

Tstitsipas’ dad Apostolos also coaches the 2019 ATP Finals champ and is a mainstay in the player’s box at tennis tournaments.

Plenty of people posted messages of support on the Greek’s post.

So sorry for your loss – I know she was watching and so happy for you because you fought so hard today and it was so inspiring and incredibly to see

Coco Gauff

Serena Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian said: “All love. Only the start, dude. She’s proud of you today and everyday.”

Tsitsipas’ other coach Patrick Mouratoglou added: “We are so proud of everything you are achieving Stef.”

American teenager Coco Gauff replied: “So sorry for your loss – I know she was watching and so happy for you because you fought so hard today and it was so inspiring and incredible to see.”

Djokovic’s win moved him on to 19 Grand Slam titles, one shy of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal ahead of the return of Wimbledon.

And he thanked a local French lad for his pep talk during the walk to the bathroom at the end of the second set which helped inspire the comeback.

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Novak Djokovic and Tsitsipas share a moment on the podium after their five-set battle[/caption]

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