Spain boss Julen Lopetegui drops Alvaro Morata for Spain’s World Cup campaign after the Chelsea striker was also dropped from their latest squad.
Morata will play no part in Spain’s upcoming friendlies against Germany and Argentina later this month after being overlooked by Lopetegui.
Chelsea’s club-record signing has not scored since Boxing Day while since the turn of the year he has also been struggling with a back injury.
Morata also faces more competition for playing time following the arrival of Olivier Giroud from Arsenal in the January transfer window.
But Lopetegui is adamant that the door is still open for Morata to return. ‘Morata has been with us almost always,’ said Lopetegui. Morata has not scored for Chelsea since Boxing Day.
‘He has had a series of physical problems, he has had an inactivity, and he’s not playing much. ‘He does not stop being out of our thoughts at all, let’s hope he has more prominence at Chelsea.
‘The fact that they do not come is due to nuances, shape states, injuries and also to see new players to have better information.’ Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso has been included in Spain’s senior squad for the first time in his career, while Cesar Azpilicueta returns to the squad after being left out in November. Pedro misses out for the second successive international break.