There’s major disappointment for Alfredo Morelos as he misses out on this summer’s Copa America squad with Colombia.
The fiery striker’s 29 goals at Ibrox looked to be enough to edge him into the squad. The 22-year-old had already earned his first two caps for the nation this year.
But they haven’t been enough to make the final squad for the tournament. The wee man will be gutted.
Colombia’s 40 man preliminary squad for the Copa America
With 11 forwards picked, big surprise that Alfredo Morelos isn’t included
In many cases it is clearly just reward for a players good club form as opposed to serious consideration
Fairly simple to predict close to the 23 pic.twitter.com/C9bKOHGJYy
— Simon Edwards (@SimonEdwardsSAF) May 15, 2019
“I have had a very good season with Rangers and God willing, I will be in the squad for the Copa America,” said Morelos, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“That would bring me enormous happiness. I know there will be an initial list of 40 players and my hope is to get on that first and then make the final squad.”
What’s interesting is that Morelos doesn’t even make that preliminary 40-man squad for the tournament, despite eleven forwards being included.
Has his disciplinary issues had a hand in the decision? After being sent off against Celtic in March, Morelos was banned for four games. It was his fifth red card of the season.
It has also meant the physical striker has lost his starting berth in the Rangers side to Jermain Defoe.
Whilst the only person who knows if this was a deciding factor is Colombia manager Carlos Queiroz, it certainly won’t have aided his cause.
Morelos’ has claimed that “many clubs” are interested in his services and that an announcement on his future will be made in due course [Scottish Sun].
But it looks like he’ll have all summer to think about it.