Morata's chances of a World Cup berth still indefinite

Morata's chances of a World Cup berth still indefinite

- Alvaro Morata hopes of going to the World Cup is uncertain

- Julen Lopetegui says he is not picking players based of individuality

- Spain will announce their final 23-man squad for the World Cup

Alvaro Morata's World Cup chances still hang in the balance after a season of ups and downs with Chelsea but Julen Lopetegui has revealed he is keeping his options open.

The Spain squad for the Russia World Cup is set to be announced by the coach on Monday, May 21, with uncertainty still surrounding Morata's inclusion.

Morata's season with the Blues has been heavily impacted by injury denying him a solid run of games despite having a strong start to life in English football.

The 25-year-old's poor form towards the end of the campaign has put him in danger of missing the tournament but Lopetegui has offered a ray of hope.

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In an interview with Spanish publication SPORT, Lopetegui admitted he will be selecting his squad as a collective team with a unified style, as opposed to assessing each of his players individually.

"I won't assess players individually, he [Morata] is one of the players we like, who has our confidence and we have to make decisions

'We've always said the same of Morata, Diego Costa, Rodrigo [Moreno], Iago Aspas and some others who haven't been called up: we trust them, and we'll see."

Lopetegui is aiming to take a balanced squad to the tournament but admits some players will face the harsh reality of being unfairly left out.

"We will put together basically a balanced list. We will leave some player out undeservedly, unfairly,' said the Spain boss.

"We do not penalise. We make decisions about players who can help us in certain games.

"The identity is clear. We're a predictable team but we have the ambition to improve as a team and to have different responses in matches. We want to be as complete as possible."

Morata has recently been linked with a move back to Spain and a possible switch to Juventus on loan in the summer.

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The striker is set to prove himself for one final game of the season as Chelsea take on Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley stadium.

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Portugal coach Fernando Santos has released his final 23-man squad that will play at the World Cup in Russia.

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