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'Alvaro Morata must earn FIFA World Cup spot'

22 March 2018

However, Antonio Conte's men booked their place in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday with a 2-1 extra-time win over Leicester, with Morata having opened the scoring at the King Power Stadium before Pedro headed home the victor in the 105th minute.

Marcos Alonso spoke of his team-mates displeasure at being left out of his national squad for the matches against Germany and Argentina.

The Blues have endured a hard campaign, having seen their Premier League title defence fade away some time ago while their UEFA Champions League adventure ended at the last-16 following defeat to Barcelona last week.

But it was too little too late for him to impress Spain manager Julen Lopetegui.

"Alvaro wasn't happy", he admitted, "he has had a couple of hard months with a back problem, but he is 100 percent fit now and he scored the other day".

"He is now 100 percent and the other day he scored".

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"Alvaro wasn't happy", Alonso told a news conference.

He also looked ahead to the last two friendly matches before Lopetegui names his squad for the World Cup finals.

"I am very focused on the two friendlies we have now and I want to adapt quickly to my teammates and the team, which is not going to be a problem".

"It's an opportunity for us to go to the final and help us fight until the end for the top four".

"I also received many messages". The coach knows me from my time with Madrid and I am sure he follows the performances of all Spanish players overseas. "He has to show these months the player he is inside".

The Spanish striker had been struggling to produce consistent form in the Premier League for the west London side since the turn of the year due to form and fitness issues.

'Alvaro Morata must earn FIFA World Cup spot'