Steven Alzate has been told he did himself justice on his first start for Colombia.

Now he has to prove he deserves a part in their World Cup qualifying campaign by shining for Albion.

Alzate played the full 90 minutes of a 1-0 win over Ecuador in a friendly in New Jersey, played in the early hours of yesterday morning our time.

It was the final run-out before the serious business starts in March.

Head coach Carlos Queiroz was pleased with Alzate, who backed up his debut as sub against Peru over the weekend.

Queiroz said: “We now have Alzate who, I think, in this match (v Ecuador) showed off well the work we are doing.

“It’s no accident that, at the age of only 21, he has worn the Colombia shirt and played with calm, with confidence and with a lot of quality.

“I now know these players, I have worked with all those I wanted to work with.

“Now it’s not up to me. The next stage is up to the players who have to shine on the pitch.

“We will be attentive, watching the players closely, talking to them, supporting them.

“And, in March we will make a careful decision.

“They all know what we want from them.”

Albion will check on Alzate after his flight back from the USA with a view to what role he plays when Leicester City visit in the Premier League on Saturday.