Dani Carvajal forsees Morata's return to Real Madrid

Spain boss Julen Lopetegui has revealed that Morata's chances of making the World Cup are not over, but he has sent out a major message by axing him and he must surely now be feeling the pressure.

"Tomorrow is not the World Cup, there are players that are not included but have their chances intact as is the case with the players included", Lopetegui told reporters. "But now he is back, although it doesn't mean he has a spot guaranteed (for the World Cup)".

Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal has said that sees Alvaro Morata returning to the Bernabeu as the striker is now struggling at Chelsea. "My only worry is to have the players in best form for Chelsea". I am only focused on our upcoming game and I want to have players that are in good physical shape. "We are thrilled to be able to play against two great teams, the 2014 World Cup finalists. I've no doubt about that".

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has seen his form fall off a cliff in recent months, something that has resulted in him being axed at global level.

Morata has been particularly disappointing of late, with the striker having not scored a goal since facing Brighton and Hove Albion in December.

Lopetegui said of the newcomers: "We felt it was the right time for them to come in and take a look at them". There are a lot of thoughts in the mind of the coach before preparing the final list, and you have to try to have a very clear mind.

"There are many players who could be called up, who deserve it and haven't been included because we have to keep the squad to a certain number".

Spain, the 2010 World champions travel to Dusseldorf on 23 March and then host Lionel Messi's Argentina at Atletico Madrid's new Metroplolitano stadium, where Costa will feel doubly at home.

  • Gwendolyn Kim