The Blues star is a legend with his national team but they changed their head coach and he has found it hard to get in ever since
Cesc Fabregas hasn’t played for Spain since Euro 2016 as Vicente del Bosque was replaced by Julen Lopetegui, but the Chelsea midfielder says he’s still fighting hard to earn his spot in La Furia Roja’s 2018 World Cup squad.
The 30-year-old is Spain’s eighth most capped player of all time with 110 appearances for his country, having made his first World Cup showing at only 18 years old in 2006.
Fabregas has had a glittering club career and was also part of the Spain team that won the country’s first title since 1964,
The former Arsenal captain has enjoyed a glittering club career as well as being part of the Spain team that won the European Championships in 2008, the country’s first major title since 1964.
He then followed up that success by assisting Andres Iniesta’s winning goal as his country won their first ever World Cup trophy just two years later.
And Fabregas says he hasn’t given up on adding to his legacy with the national team.
“I am not a player who throws the towel. I have a small hope, in some way, but I know it is hard [to get called up for the World Cup],” he told Goal. “I haven’t received any calls or been included in any team list for all this time.
“Anyway I don’t think about it because I keep my focus on performing here [at Chelsea], but maybe it wouldn’t be strange to call someone who first came into the team 15 years ago. It is obvious that they already know me but it would be nice to get in.
“I am focusing now on my club because, in the end, if you don’t do right things in your club it is impossible to receive the call. And if it finally arrives, perfect. If not, I will hail the team from home.”
Spain have a host of talent in Fabregas’ position including experienced players like David Silva, Andres Iniesta and Thiago Alcantara, plus younger players like Saul and Asier Illarramendi, meaning call-ups are at a premium.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have a large number of players from Spain in their current squad. However, aside from Morata, many of them have also struggled to get the call under Lopetegui and Fabregas thinks that Marcos Alonso in particular has been unlucky not to get called up.
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“This is a very hard question because I haven’t been part of that team for a year and a half and I don’t know how they worked but Pedro and [Cesar] Azpilicueta used to go often,” Fabregas said. “If things go well Morata could be in the line up with Diego Costa because I think they are the best strikers we have.
“Marcos, like me, hasn’t been lucky in receiving the call. But if we keep challenging in the Premier League and FA Cup, then who knows.”