The Colombia midfielder was emotional after his side's 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Brazil on Friday, saying that he was overcome by pride at their World Cup displays
Los Cafeteros fell to a 2-1 defeat in Fortaleza, with Thago Silva and David Luiz both scoring for the Selecao, while James's second-half penalty was the only response that they could muster.
The 22-year-old Monaco star was consoled by Luiz after the final whistle and explained that his emotional response was borne out of the great effort that he and his team-mates had put into the entire competition.
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"We have not progressed to the semi-finals. The referee did not always whistle in the right direction and did not penalise many of Brazil's misdemeanours but we go out with our heads held high.
"Men can also cry but I can return to my country happy. A great team has been born."
James, who is the tournament's top scorer with six goals, revealed what Luiz had said when he comforted him after the defeat.
"He congratulated me for my World Cup," the former Porto man confirmed.
"He told me I was a good player. The truth is that having so many superstars hugging me did make me happy. We have to raise our heads now and thank Colombia for their support.
"We are sad because we wanted to keep going and set new records. We gave everything to reach the semi-final but we have to be proud because we played a great side."