Alvaro Morata relishing Spain return

Spain striker Alvaro Morata is determined to make the most of an opportunity to re-ignite his national team career, having sat out the finals of World Cup 2018.

The 25-year-old frontman lost form during the second half of his first season with Chelsea and as a result was left out of the Spain squad for Russia, where La Furia Roja reached the last-16 before being knocked out by the tournament hosts.

I signed for Chelsea to be there ( at the World Cup) and I was not, although that ultimately made me more motivated.

Alvaro Morata

Alvaro MorataHowever, Alvaro Morata is back in the fold for the Nations League clashes with England and Croatia and admits to being highly motivated to add to his tally of 13 goals in 23 appearances for Spain to date.

He told the Spanish media: “It was a disaster last year. I signed for Chelsea to be there ( at the World Cup) and I was not, although that ultimately made me more motivated.

“I’m going to do everything I can to go to the next one. When you start playing football and watch the World Cups on TV, it’s your biggest dream to play there with your country.

“There are times I have stopped valuing coming here (to the national team). You do not think about it until you see the national team matches from your home and you know that it is the greatest thing to be with Spain.”

Morata was a substitute the last time Spain met England, in November 2016, when the visitors scored twice in the final two minutes of the match at Wembley to rescue a 2-2 draw.

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He can be backed at 7/4 to score at any time at Wembley on Saturday evening, with Spain 13/2 to claim a 1-0 win over the Three Lions, while a 1-1 draw is available at 5/1.

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