Spain News: Morata misses out

1 year ago

In the latest Spain news, striker Alvaro Morata has missed out on a place in Spain’s World Cup squad after manager Julen Lopetgeui wielded the axe on Monday.

The 25-year-old scored 11 goals in his first season in England, but it was not enough to help Chelsea qualify for the Champions League.

He started on the bench during Saturday’s FA Cup final and he has struggled for fitness and form of late. Morata has also been linked with a summer exit and Antonio Conte’s future could determine his next career move.

As well as Morata, club team-mates Marcos Alonso and Cesc Fabregas also miss out. Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera will also get the summer off alongside Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin.

Four Premier League players have been included – David de Gea, Cesar Azpilicueta, Nacho Monreal and David Silva all making the cut.

While Barcelona star Andres Iniesta will play in his final tournament, the future looks bright with Isco, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Rodrigo and Diego Costa preferred in attack.

Lopetegui believes the current squad is the perfect mix and he admits he cannot wait for the tournament in Russia to start.

“We’ve taken the players we feel are the best and feel that we have the ingredients to challenge for the title and are just anxious for things to start now,” said Lopetegui.

“We feel that each one will bring his style and personality to the team and this is important for each game and each situation.

“This is the best and most beautiful competition in the world but at the same time the most difficult as you only have three initial games to prove oneself.”

Spain, who are 11/2 to win the World Cup with Betfair, open their tournament against neighbours Portugal on June 15 before they face Iran and Morocco in their remaining Group B fixtures.