Chelsea Striker Alvaro Morata Offered World Cup Lifeline By Spain Coach After Being Dropped For Friendlies

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has not been dropped by Spain for the World Cup – just the two upcoming friendlies.

La Roja boss Julen Lopetegui has ditched the Blues forward for two of their final four final warm-up fixtures with Germany and Argentina on March 23 and 27.

The former Real Madrid and Juventus marksman has a mixed first season at Stamford Bridge – with injuries counting against him.

And his Premier League switch could prove a disaster if he ends the season out of the Champions League places and out of the trip to Russia. But he has been thrown a thin lifeline to keep his hopes alive.

Lopetegui  said: “Tomorrow is not the World Cup, there are players that are not included but have their chances intact as is the case with the players included.

“We are looking to get more information about players. Morata has had several problems, he has played little but his chances are intact.

“Morata, I am sure, will have a great end to the season and will have a good chance of going to the World Cup. We felt it was the right moment for [the new faces].

“They are in good form but still there are others that deserve to be included and are not there.”

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa is in the squad after rebuilding his career back at Atletico Madrid.

The ugly row he had with Antonio Conte – which led to the Brazil-born forward disappearing off to South America – temporarily rocked his international chances.

Lopetegui said: “Diego, when he was playing, was part of our game, then he stopped playing and stopped coming,” Lopetegui said.

“Now he is active again and he comes back, but that does not give him the [World Cup] position.”

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