Nolberto Solano: Peru Are Eliminated From The World Cup

The playmaker has admitted that his national team have no chance of qualifying for South Africa 2010.
Nolberto Solano, the experienced captain of the Peruvian national team, has surprisingly announced that he would prefer not to be called-up for World Cup qualifying, because his team are bottom of the table with little chance of reaching the final.

The former Newcastle United player told El Comercio that Peru "are already eliminated" and that he would tell Jose del Solar, the coach of the team, that he would prefer to take no further part in the qualifiers.

"At this moment I would prefer to continue to participate with my team in the championship," said Solano, who is also the captain of Universitario de Deportes.

Although Solano, 34, will have to complete a one-match suspension in the qualifiers, he is eligible to play against Colombia in Medellin. Peru will hope to assemble a strong squad to confront what is expected to be a very difficult encounter.

According to reports, Del Solar will try his best to convince the player to change his mind, because if he were not to play it could well signal the end of his international career.

Gregory Sica,