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How Colombia’s most dangerous player could have played for England instead

Radamel Falcao will line up against England in the last 16 - but he could easily have been playing FOR them

England are blessed with possibly the best number nine in the world in Harry Kane.

But could they have had the privilege of calling another lethal hitman as they prepare to face Colombia in the World Cup round of 16?

Ironically, the subject in question is the man they should fear the most ahead of their first World Cup knockout fixture for eight years.


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Radamel Falcao – Colombia’s captain and attacking spearhead – is back to his clinical best after a few torrid injury-plagued years that saw him miss the last tournament in Brazil.

But the Monaco striker’s international career could have taken a very different route, so much so that he could have been lining up for England rather than against them on Tuesday night.

It has emerged that Falcao’s great grandfather was an accountant called George King who hailed from Selby in North Yorkshire.

Falcao with a Yorkshire accent? Stranger things have happened

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Falcao with a Yorkshire accent? Stranger things have happened

King moved to South America in 1932, married and fathered Falcao’s grandmother Garcia.

Two generations later Radamel was born, while his father desperately tried to get his son a British passport in a bid to earn him a move to Europe as a teenager.

His application was rejected but Falcao Senior, speaking to the Daily Mail in 2014, has said he has always been ‘proud’ of his English blood.

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So there you have it.

Instead of Kane versus Falcao – likely the pivotal duel on Tuesday night – it could have been Kane and Falcao wreaking havoc against a Colombian defence.