'Alvaro Morata must earn FIFA World Cup spot'

Morata has endured a goalscoring slump at Chelsea, scoring his first goal of 2018 on Sunday.

The 25-year-old's dip in form, combined with a back injury, saw Antonio Conte experiment with Eden Hazard as a false nine and use January arrival Olivier Giroud in place of Chelsea's record signing.

The front man has had a hard first year in England after joining the Blues from Real Madrid for £55m last summer. "I am very happy and really looking forward to it", he said.

Alvaro wasn't happy. He has gone through a hard few months with a back injury.

"I hope he will do well from here until the end of the season and he gets to go to the World Cup".

Chelsea left back Marcos Alonso comes from a footballing family which has seen both his father and grandfather (both also called Marcos) play worldwide football for Spain, now aged 27 Marcos Alonso junior has finally received a call up into the Spain squad for the forthcoming friendly matches against Germany and Argentina.

Marcos Alonso Chelsea's left-back is their joint second highest goalscorer in the Premier League behind Alvaro Morata
Alonso admits Morata is unhappy over Spain snub

"I tried to give it the least importance", he said.

Chelsea FC will return to Premier League action after the worldwide break with a crunch clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on 1 April.

"It came as a surprise and a prize for the last few years".

"It's more than a test".

"I also received many messages".

"I think the coach knows me well from my time at Castilla. It's an opportunity to show, to adapt quickly to the team's play and to earn a call-up many more times".

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  • Lawrence Cooper