ALBION ace Jose Izquierdo is “in the mix” to start for Colombia in tonight’s World Cup showdown against England in Russia.

The South Americans are likely to be without star man James Rodriguez for the last 16 clash at the Spartak Arena in Moscow.

That could open the door for Izquierdo to return to coach Jose Pekerman’s starting line-up after sitting on the bench for the previous two games.

Simon Edwards, an expert on Colombian football, told The Argus: “I’d quite like to see him play against England. There is a chance, with James out, but it all comes down to the tactics really for Pekerman.

“But he is definitely in the mix. People are impressed with what he has been doing in England. He was very good at Brugge, but that falls off the radar for most Colombian fans.

“His first cap was just as he was leaving Brugge. It was definitely the impression he has made in Europe which got him into the 23 (World Cup squad), because he is in ahead of Edwin Cardona, who scored many goals in qualifying, has 50 caps for Colombia and has been an important player.

“It’s Izquierdo’s attitude and performances with Brighton that got him ahead of this player, who was an established player for Colombia.”

Pekerman has vowed to give Rodriguez until the last possible moment to prove he is fit.

“After his MRI we know he doesn’t have a serious injury. We still have one and a half days to see how he feels and, as always, we hope he will be able to play for the following games,” said Pekerman.