Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Alonso and Costa receive Spain call-ups

Alonso and Costa receive Spain call-ups

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.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has left Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata out of the national team squad for friendlies against Germany and Argentina, while Diego Costa was included after returning to action with Atletico Madrid.

The likes of Vitolo, Luis Alberto, Suso, and Marc Bartra have also dropped out from Spain's last selection, but Lopetegui says the World Cup door is not shut to anybody.

Antonio Conte has issued a blunt challenge to the Chelsea players who have lost their global places on his watch, telling them to "not complain" and "show they deserve to play".

"There is only one way: to work hard and show you deserve to play", Conte said.

"But he's not out of our thoughts and he has his chances to go to the World Cup".

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While Morata drops out, his club-mate Alonso has won his first call-up to the senior squad, alongside Valencia playmaker Dani Parejo and young Villarreal midfielder Rodri, who are also uncapped. Maybe, the manager wants to try new solutions.

His omission came 24 hours after Chelsea's Gary Cahill was left out of the England squad.

"Because of my past [as Italy head coach] it is hard for me to speak about the decision of a manager of the national team".

"We are looking to get more information about players". To reach the semi-final in the FA Cup it won't be easy.

"Diego is back with us because he has returned to play but this does not guarantee him a [World Cup] place", Lopetegui said.

Conte has insisted that the striker is still yet to fully recover from a back problem, but the Spaniard has looked out of touch for some time and again started against Barcelona on the bench on Wednesday night.

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