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Fabregas aims to earn a World Cup slot with Spain - FCNaija

World Cup 2018 By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 13/03/2018


Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is aiming to earn a spot in the Spanish national team for the next World Cup in Russia.

Despite winning three major titles with La Roja Fabregas has not been called to the national team since Vincente Del Bosque stepped down as Spanish national coach after a disappointing outing in Euro 2016 tournament.

He has not given up on the effort to make the cut to the next year World Cup under the management of Julen Lopetegui.

Fabregas made his first World Cup appearance in 2006 at a tender age of 18 and he was also an integral part of the team that won the Euro 2008 which is Spain first major title since 1964.

The midfielder was also vital in helping Spain to win their first ever World Cup trophy and he would be remembered for his sublime assist to Andreas Iniesta in the final against Holland in South Africa just two years after making his World Cup appearance.

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The former Barcelona star also helped Spain to defend the European crown in 2012 but he has been left out for the past two years since their loss to Italy at the Euro 2016 in France, but he still believes that he is an important tool for coach Lopetegui to explore in the next summer’s World Cup.

"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],"

"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 support the team from home.

"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?" he told Goal.