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
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.
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, Goal.com