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Cesc Fabregas is hopeful of playing 2018 FIFA World Cup

Cesc Fabregas is hopeful of playing 2018 FIFA World Cup

Madrid, March 14: 30-year-old Spanish attacking midfielder Cesc Fabregas is still hopeful to feature in the 2018 FIFA World Cup that will be played in Russia.

Since Julen Lopetegui’s arrival in the Spanish team as head coach, Fabregas has never seen in the national squad. Since Vicente del Bosque’s coaching-retirement after the Euro 2016, Lopetegui has taken the charge of the Spanish national team.

Fabregas has played 110 international games for Spain where he has scored 15 goals. He was one of the crucial members of the most successful Spanish team who had won Euro 2008, 2010 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2012.

Making an international debut for Spain in 2006, Fabregas has already played three FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010 and 2014).

Despite not featuring in the national squad for almost one and a half year, the 30-years old still believes to be present on the Russian grounds with the red jersey on the body.

Recently, Fabregas told Goal, "I am not a player who throws the towel. I have a small hope, in some way, but I know it is hard . I haven't received any calls or been included in any team list for all this time.”

Playing for the Premier League club Chelsea since 2014, Fabregas is now focusing the club football as his returning way in the national squad.

He quoted, "Anyway, I don't think about it because I keep my focus on performing here , 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.

He further added, "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."

In the ongoing season (2017/18), Fabregas has already appeared in 39 games for his PL club.

Chelsea has a good number of Spanish footballers in their squad. Apart from Fabregas, Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, Pedro and Alvaro Morata are the other Spanish players who are playing for Chelsea.

Another Spanish footballer Diego Costa was a regular member for Chelsea before moving on the Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid in this January.

Talking about the possible Spanish squad for the upcoming World Cup, Fabregas stated, "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 Azpilicueta used to go often. If things go well, Morata could be in the line-up with Diego Costa because I think they are the best strikers we have.

Fabregas also believes that Marcos Alonso is also unlucky like him to not feature the national squad. The 27-years old wing-back is still waiting for his senior international debut.

Fabregas said, "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?"

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    Story first published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 16:43 [IST]
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