Yadir looking up to James and Riquelme U17 FIFA World Cup

Yadir looking up to James and Riquelme U17 FIFA World Cup: Yadir Meneses is a U-17 Colombia midfielder

Colombia set with has India, USA and Ghana at U-17 World Cup

Meneses peering toward worldwide grandness for Colombia at India 2017


Any talented, left-footed playmaker with an eye for objective who comes up through the adolescent positions at Colombian club Envigado FC is unavoidably going to be contrasted with James Rodriguez.

While such youths are generally very few, one of them got a say in a current book on the Colombian No10, James, Su Vida ("James, His Life"), composed by Nelson Padilla: "There are more than 3,000 enrolled football groups in Antioquia [one of Colombia's 32 departments]. Each and every player needs to be James. A couple will go ahead to wind up stars. They bring up Yadir Meneses, a midfielder, to me."

So what did the youthful playmaker himself make of the name check? "The truth of the matter is I didn't think about it. It's an astonishment for me," said Meneses, addressing FIFA.com in Bogota, just before going with Colombia for a warm-up competition in front of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.

"Individuals have dependably said to me that we're comparable, that I'm similar to him," said the young person, who was conceived on 1 April 2000. "What's more, I respect him, however I've never met him."

Such correlations can be a weight, however not for Meneses: "I consider it to be adulate instead of weight. We as a whole comprehend what James intends to Colombia. It's a wellspring of inspiration."

Beside James and Giovanni Moreno, another left-footed assaulting midfielder to rise up out of Envigado and who now plays in China PR, Meneses has another symbol in Juan Roman Riquelme.

"I saw him when I was ten or 11 and I cherished the way he played," he clarified. "I like how insightful he was on the ball yet particularly how he set the rhythm for the group. Regardless I watch recordings of him today."

Winning with style

Depicting the sort of player he needs to be, Meneses stated: "A notable expert who emerges from the group, who's extraordinary. I like No10s who set up objectives, since that is something an assaulting midfielder needs to do. They can score objectives yet they additionally need to play through-balls. They need to play for the group."

It was simply after the South American Championships in the age aggregate that Meneses joined the squad in its arrangements for the U-17 World Cup. "It implies I'm somewhat behind yet it's an awesome test for me to be in the casing for such a major competition," he said. "It's awesome to be a piece of the national group."

His late ring implies the No10 shirt – his top choice – is in the ownership of another person. "It has a place with a child who came up from the U-15 side, and you need to regard that."

As it turned out, he was given the No8 shirt for his initially instructional course, the other pullover that Riquelme wore while on Argentina obligation. "It was immaculate fortuitous event," said Meneses.

The target Colombia have set for India 2017 owes nothing to luckiness, nonetheless, as he went ahead to clarify: "We need to win the World Cup, however by playing great football, not by playing gravely or any old way. We're planning for that."

Yadir on football

Whatever other footballers in the family? "A more established sibling, however he just plays for the sake of entertainment. He's extremely basic with me, yet I value that."

Most loved alliance? "The English Premier. It's not as unsurprising as the other significant European alliances."

Most loved group? "Liverpool. As a result of the stadium and the fans."

Most loved leisure activity? "Playing football on Playstation. I pick Liverpool and Bayern Munich, considerably more so now that James is there."

Did you know?

Colombia has quite recently partaken in a four-group competition in Mexico, playing three different sides will's identity running out at the up and coming U-17 World Cup. They completed second behind the hosts in the wake of drawing 4-4 with them, 3-3 with Chile and beating India 3-0.

Talking about hosts, India will be among Colombia's opponents in Group B at India 2017. The two sides will meet on 9 October. The Colombians will play their opening match against USA three days prior, with Ghana giving the restriction in their last gathering diversion on 12 October.