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Spain news: Aspas makes World Cup case

2 years ago

In the latest Spain news, Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas says he has “done everything in my hands” to persuade Spain’s head coach Julen Lopetegui to include him in his 23-man World Cup squad.

Lopetegui, who took charge of La Furia Roja in 2016 following the retirement of Vicente del Bosque, is set to name his final squad for the summer showpiece in Russia on Monday and there are still a number of positions up for grabs.

The attacking department is an area in which several players are challenging for a place and Aspas, who spent two years at Liverpool before moving back to Celta in 2015, is one of those under consideration.

He has been in sensational form since returning to the Balaidos, scoring 55 goals from 101 La Liga appearances, and the 30-year-old was included in Spain’s last squad for the friendlies against Germany and Argentina in March.

The striker improved his chances of earning a spot on the plane to Russia on Saturday after netting twice in the 4-2 victory over Levante in Celta’s final league game of the campaign.

When asked about the possibility of playing at the 2018 World Cup, Aspas says there is nothing more he could have done this season to earn a place in the final 23-man squad.

“I’ve done everything in my hands to go to the World Cup,” he told reporters after the game. “Now the decision is over to Lopetegui.”

Aspas is the highest-scoring Spanish player in La Liga this season and is fourth overall, behind Lionel Messi (34), Cristiano Ronaldo (26) and Luis Suarez (25).

Spain, who won the World Cup in 2010, are 6/1 with 888sport to win in Russia this summer whilst Brazil, led by talisman Neymar, are 4/1 favourites.

Defending champions Germany, drawn in Group F alongside Sweden, Mexico and South Korea, are priced at 24/5 to successfully defend their crown.