Julen Lopetegui assures the final World Cup call-up isn’t set in stoneMarch 22, 2018
Spanish national team coach Julen Lopetegui has once again had to reassure people that this last call-up is by no means the final team he will call up to the World Cup this summer in Russia.
Lopetegui has said on other occasions that players who haven’t been called-up this time still have every option to make it to the tournament which begins on the 8th of June. Speaking to Radio MARCA he said:
“There are lots of players that deserve to play for their country and that aren’t here.”
Speaking specifically about Morata, Lopetegui said,
“Álvaro has gone through some injury troubles and that is why we thought it would be best to leave him out this time around, but as I’ve said before he’ll probably end the season on a high and he has every option to make it to the World Cup.”
Regarding Barcelona defender Sergi Roberto, Lopetegui has said that he is by no means forgotten and he has every chance to go to the World Cup. “He is a player we like very much”.
Other players that won’t be playing against Germany on Friday (ESPIRIT Arena, Düsseldorf) or against Argentina (Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid) next Tuesday are Luis Alberto (Lazio), Marc Barta (Betis), Alberto Moreno (Liverpool), Illarramendi (Real Sociedad) and José Callejón (Napoli).
Asked whether he is nervous as the World Cup approaches, Lopetegui says that he feels,
“a sense of responsibility. We have to put our heads down and keep growing as a team, and have to take the opportunities against Germany and Argentina to do so.”
Regarding FC Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué, who had some injury worries, Lopetegui said he is better and will likely be match-ready by Friday, however as a precaution they will wait until the team trains in Düsseldorf toassesss whether he will be fit to play.