Chelsea boss Antonio Conte sends message to Gary Cahill and Alvaro Morata

Giroud cuts a dejected figure. Image PA

Giroud cuts a dejected figure. Image PA

The 25-year-old has not scored for Chelsea in 2018 and started the Blues' last three matches on the bench.

Álvaro Morata and Pedro were both left out of the Spain squad yesterday, 24 hours after Gary Cahill was omitted from Gareth Southgate's latest England selection for the friendlies against Holland and Italy this month.

The Chelsea boss has told the pair to work harder in training and prove they still deserve to go to the World Cup by forcing their way back into their club side. He remains in our thoughts and his chances of going to the World Cup remain intact.

Spain will play Germany on March 23 in Dusseldorf and Argentina on March 27 in Madrid as part of its World Cup preparations.

"My only worry is to try to have the players in the best form for Chelsea".

'I think that this question is for the coach of the national team, not for me, ' Conte said at his press conference ahead of Chelsea's FA Cup quarter-final against Leicester.

Morata grabs his genitals
Morata grabs his genitals

Villarreal midfielder Rodri and Valencia captain Dani Parejo are included for the first time, and Lopetegui has left the door open for the likes of Morata to return. "They are in good form but still there are others that deserve to be included and are not there".

Costa had not featured for Spain since a World Cup qualifier against Macedonia on June 11 and missed the team's final four qualifiers because of a dispute with Chelsea.

Conte opted for Olivier Giroud over Morata in Chelsea's 3-0 defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday and Morata appeared as a substitute only in each leg. Marcos is doing well and it would be good to see him train and compete with us.

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

'Usually with the national team, you can call also players who are not playing with regularity [with their club].

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