The Football Association has confirmed that Fredy Rincon, Carlos Valderrama, Faustino Asprilla and colleagues will step in for Croatia, whose visit on 6 September was postponed on Saturday because of escalating unrest in the Balkans.
"I'm very pleased to get a team of such quality at short notice," the England coach, Terry Venables, said. "They are one of the strongest teams in South America and will be a real challenge for us. It is a good way to kick off the season."
It will be only the third meeting between the countries and the first since Colombia came to Wembley in 1988, when they drew 1-1 in a friendly with Bobby Robson's side. Eighteen years earlier, Sir Alf Ramsey took a side to Bogota and won 4-0 through goals from Alan Ball, Bobby Charlton and Martin Peters (two). Colombia finished third in the recent Copa America.Reuse content