Chelsea's Alvaro Morata 'unhappy' to miss out on Spain squad - Marcos Alonso
Marcos Alonso has said that Chelsea teammate Alvaro Morata was upset to not be selected for Spain's latest squad.
La Roja, preparing for the World Cup in Russia this summer, visit Germany on March 23 in Dusseldorf before squaring off against Argentina four days later in Madrid.
Morata started and scored in Chelsea's FA Cup quarterfinal 2-1 win at Leicester City on Sunday, his first goal for the club since Dec. 26, but he was still left out of the Spain team.
"Alvaro wasn't happy," Alonso said. "He has gone through a difficult few months with a back injury. He is now 100 percent and the other day he scored.
"He is a very important player for us. I hope he will do well from here until the end of the season and he gets to go to the World Cup."
Morata is replaced in the squad by former Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who has scored six goals in 14 appearances in all competitions.
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui put Morata's absence down to his injury problems and lack of games but said he is still in contention to go to the World Cup.
"Alvaro has always been with us," Lopetegui said. "He's had physical problems and he is not playing much and we hope he will get to have more minutes. His options of going to the World Cup are still intact. I'm certain Morata is going to have an extraordinary end to the season [and] that he is going to have a starring role for his team. He has great chances of making the squad.
"There are players that are not on the list that still have chances to go to the World Cup. This list is down to form, injuries and us wanting to see other players."
Alonso, meanwhile, also said that his family is "delighted" that he has earned a Spain call-up after his grandfather and father both represented the national team.
Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.