Morata omitted from Spain squad, but his World Cup hopes still alive

18 March, 2018, 01:33 | Author: Laverne Higgins
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Sergio Busquets was not included because of a broken finger sustained in Barcelona's match against Chelsea in the Champions League this week.

Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal has said that sees Alvaro Morata returning to the Bernabeu as the striker is now struggling at Chelsea.

Jota Jordi of El Chiringuito TV was less than impressed with the incident, saying: "Morata's gesture looks intentional". "But now he is back, although it doesn't mean he has a spot guaranteed (for the World Cup)".

Conte, who used to be the Italian national team manager, has experience of picking players and said these months are vital for any player wanting to go to the World Cup.

"We hope that he will have more prominence in his team".

Martinez's absence comes as something of a shock given his strong recent form at club level for Bayern Munich, while Fabregas and Morata have paid for their ineffective displays with Chelsea by missing out.

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The Chelsea boss has told the pair to work harder in training and prove they still deserve to go to the World Cup by forcing their way back into their club side.

But Conte shrugged off concerns over their form, saying Morata could score against Leicester tomorrow, and revealed Cahill has already had a call from Gareth Southgate. Maybe the manager wants to try or find out new solutions.

Having exited the Champions League in midweek, Conte is ready to put a greater emphasis on the FA Cup given it is the only trophy the champions can realistically win.

He was quoted as saying by L'Equipe: "Admittedly, Alvaro Morata has not scored for a long time, but he is our team-mate and when the team loses, we all lose together".

"We like (Rodri) a lot".

Marquitos, who passed away six years ago, played twice for Spain and spent eight years at Real Madrid.

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