Chelsea duo Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta hoping to be included in Spain’s 23-man squadApril 27, 2018
Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta are both hoping their fine performances this season for Chelsea have earned them selection for the Spanish National side.
The pair have been ever present in Antonio Conte’s side this campaign which has seen Chelsea challenging for a top four finish and a place in the FA cup final against Manchester United.
Both have struggled to secure places for their national side as Spain’s defensive line consists players from Spain’s top two sides, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Since Azpilicueta signed for Chelsea in 2012, following their successful Champions league triumph. The Spanish defender has seen his position from right-back change to left-back, and in recent seasons, he has been moulded into a left-sided centre back for Chelsea.
When called upon Azpilicueta has proven a useful addition for the Spanish team when either Sergio Ramos or Gerard Pique, Spain’s two main centre-backs, have not played.
However, Alonso faces competition with Jordi Alba of Barcelona for a place at left-back at the World cup. Alonso was handed his first international cap after impressing Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui this season. Alonso is currently the premier leagues top goal-scoring defender with six goals during the season.
It is not clear whether or not the Chelsea duo will be selected for Spain’s world cup squad with only a few games in the season for the two defenders to stake a claim for selection with the World cup only 48 days away.