James Rodriguez believes Alfredo Morelos is the future of Colombian football.
The Bayern Munich star has been the present for his country over recent years, bursting on to the scene at the 2014 World Cup.
Since then, he’s managed to take his cap tally to 69 while appearing for Real Madrid and now Bayern.
Rodriguez knows what it takes to lead Colombia and, at 27, should go on to continue that in years to come.
But another generation of talent is breaking through into the national team – and Morelos could be a big part of that.
At least that’s according to Rodriguez, who had high praise for Morelos following the Rangers striker’s short cameo in Colombia’s friendly win over Japan yesterday.
Per thescottishsun.co.uk, he said: “This was a new squad out there and there were many players in the team who didn’t have a lot of international experience.
“Players such as Alfredo Morelos, who can be the future of football in our country.
“He has a lot of talent and has all the qualities needed to be a top player for us.
“Alfredo is young, has had a great season and is a top striker.
“He was called up ahead of more experienced strikers so that tells you that our manager Carlos Queiroz rates him very highly.
“Of course, he still has a lot to learn, but he seems to be improving all the time and he is going to become an important player for Colombia.”
That’s high praise considering Rodriguez is one of the world’s best midfielders and has been used to playing with striking talent like Radamel Falcao and Carlos Bacca over recent years.
Morelos has scored 29 goals in 44 appearances for Rangers this season and yesterday’s cap for Colombia is reward for that fine form.