Rangers' Alfredo Morelos left out of Colombia line-up
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Rangers' Alfredo Morelos left out of Colombia line-up

With Colombia taking on Japan in an international friendly today, many expected Alfredo Morelos to be leading the line.
That’s despite him only earning a solitary cap for his country before now.
The 22-year-old striker has been in red-hot form all season, notching 29 goals in all competitions for the Gers.

His four-goal salvo in the cup against Killie was particularly impressive. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

His performances earned him a
new deal with the club until 2023.
It also attracted the attention of the new national team head coach, Carlos Quieroz.
The former Real Madrid manager took over the reins in February and inherited a quality, but aging squad.
Therefore, the likes of Morelos are seen as important emerging talents.

The fiery frontman bagged an assist against Venezuela in September. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

In fact, he even ventured to describe him as ‘the future’ of Colombian football.
Based on that context, it was a surprise to see El Buffalo named among the substitutes today.

Instead, Monaco captain Radamel Falcao and Sevilla’s Luis Muriel, lead the line.
What’s more, the starting XI was announced via a bizarre video. See it for yourself below:

Whatever happened to a good old fashioned team sheet?
The game is taking place in Yokohama and kicks off at 10:20am U.K time.
Hopefully, Rangers’ talisman will still feature at some point.