BOGOTA, July 28 (Reuters)(DS) - Former Colombia captain Carlos
Valderrama is considering an international comeback at the age
of 38 because he says he is shocked by the team's lacklustre
performances without him.
"I'm thinking of coming back because the way we are playing
gives me pain and makes me sad," he told Caracol radio on
Thursday. "It's something I'll have to have a good think about."
"I watch the teams and it makes me want to be on the pitch,"
added the midfielder, who has been seeing out his career in
Major League Soccer in the United States.
Valderrama played for Colombia at three World Cups, although
he failed to live up to his reputation at any, before announcing
his international retirement after France in 1998.
Colombia coach Luis Augusto Garcia has been struggling to
rebuild the team after rubber-legged striker Faustino Asprilla
and key midfielder Freddy Rincon, who has also played three
World Cups, both refused to continue playing for their country.
Colombia are fourth in the South American World Cup
qualifying group but have been fiercely criticised by their
negative displays in their last two matches, away to Peru and
Colombia forced a 0-0 draw in Quito on Tuesday, but spent
almost the entire match entrenched in their own half and refused
to attack their opponents.
Ecuador goalkeeper Jose Cevallos barely touched the ball
during the second half of Tuesday's game while Colombia keeper
Oscar Cordoba was man of the match.
Coach Garica took over at the start of this year from Javier
Alvarez, a former chemical engineer, whose philosophy, in stark
contrast, was for all out attack.
Alvarez briefly flirted with success when Colombia hammered
Argentina 3-0 in last year's Copa America but was sacked in
January when the Olympic team, wich he also coached, were
thrashed 9-0 by Brazil in a qualifying match.