France head coach not keen on recalling Adrien Rabiot after World Cup snub

France manager Didier Deschamps has indicated that he has no plans of recalling Adrien Rabiot to the national setup after the midfielder decided to exclude himself from the standby list for the summer World Cup. Speaking to reporters, Deschamps said that the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder does not warrant a selection with Les Bleus for the moment, given the attitude shown towards the team after he failed to make the 23-man squad for the World Cup finals.

“It's much too soon to recall Adrien Rabiot given his attitude in relation to this shirt. There's no sense in recalling him, it's still much too soon, even if I'm not taking a radical position, as I have already said. With regard to the squad and what the shirt represents, it's not the time,” he is quoted as saying by ESPN FC.

Jamaica can make it to World Cup

Jamaica international defender Michael Hector believes that the team can make it to the World Cup in 2022 and that the players should believe in this objective. He said that the team has been developing well and that they do not have to fear anyone during the qualifiers.

Michael Hector said that the Jamaican Football Federation has devised a good program for the development of youth players and he believes that they are now reaping the fruits. He said that there are a number of Jamaican players that play abroad and even the ones that play locally are now better and stronger.

Fernando Hierro Takes Blame for Spain’s Disastrous World Cup Campaign

Spain national team coach Fernando Hierro took the blame for his team’s disastrous exit from the World Cup 2018. Spain came into the competition in disarray after parting company with managerJulen Lopetegui just a few days before the competition began. Spain were not happy withLopetegui’s decision to become Real Madrid’s new coach even as the preparation for the World Cup was going in full swing.Hierro was not expected to make significant changes to the team setup and it proved to be the case, but Spain were simply not good enough to make any impact at the World Cup.

Even though the 2010 World Cup winners were in a difficult group containing Portugal, they were expected to reach at least the semifinals or beyond. After a group stage exit at the 2014 World Cup, Spain failed to progress past the last 16 as they were knocked out by Russia on penalties. After the game,Hierro took the blame for the national team’s exit. It is widely believed that he will step down from his role as the manager. Spain, though, will have to count upon hard luck for having failed to beat Russia, who defended doggedly throughout the 120 minutes. Russia were then able to beat Spain on penalties.

Juan Mata keen to earn Spain recall under Luis Enrique

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is keen to earn a recall to the Spain national side under new boss Luis Enrique. La Roja endured a shock round of 16 defeat to Russia which ended their hopes of another World Cup crown and their FA have since decided appointed Enrique as the successor to Fernando Hierro.

Speaking to reporters, Mata admitted that he now has the opportunity to return to the Spain fold after failing to make a single appearance for the national team over the past 18 months, he said: “I will do everything in my power to return to the national team. I hope the new coach will count on me because I'm going to do everything possible to go back.

Andres Iniesta dismisses unrest within the Spain squad

Spain international Andres Iniesta has stressed that his teammates are in the perfect frame of mind despite the speculation in the media. La Roja sacked head coach Julen Lopetegui just one day before the World Cup after he secretly agreed to the Real Madrid job and there has since been talk of unrest between Barcelona and Madrid-based players in the Spain camp.

However, Iniesta has refuted the claim and insists the players remain united in the quest to win the World Cup. He said: “I have my own opinion, but the really important thing is that we have always been a united team. Most of us have been playing together for many years and we know each other well and we trust each other blindly. We only care about sporting matters and we want to keep playing as one. It was a difficult situation but it's in the past now and we only want to concentrate on the World Cup. Players always want to achieve the highest possible titles and we would like to win the World Cup again.”

Sky Sports pundit does not fancy Alvaro Morata staying at Chelsea

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes Alvaro Morata could pursue a fresh challenge away from Chelsea when the transfer window reopens in the summer. The Spain international only joined the Blues in a club-record deal from Real Madrid last year but he has struggled to adapt to the pace of the English game.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Merson feels Chelsea could consider an approach for a new marksman in the summer with Morata linked with a possible return to Turin next term, he said: “We talk about confidence, and he’s lost his - I cannot see him being there next season.There’s talk today about him going to Juventus, I think that ticks the boxes. I just don’t see him being at Chelsea.

Pep Guardiola Dismisses Prospect Of Signing Andres Iniesta

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has reportedly dismissed the ongoing speculation of Andres Iniesta signing for the club in the summer. The Spain international recently announced his decision to leave Barcelona at the end of the campaignand he has since been linked with a whole host of clubs including City.

However, Guardiola has distanced himself from the gossip by saying: "I think when Andres decided to move on from Barcelona it was not to come to Manchester. It’s another way to decide to make the last years of his career, in another place, for many, many reasons.But if he wanted to compete still at a high level, he [would have stayed] in Barcelona.We can’t offer him what he had in Barcelona, here. He decided for other reasons, not just football terms."

Marcos Alonso Explains Why Chelsea Have Struggled This Term

Spain international Marcos Alonso believes Chelsea have not had the luck or consistency to defend the Premier League title this season. The Blues succumbed to a 3-1 Premier League defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, and this sees them requiring a minor miracle in order to secure a top-four finish to the Premier League season.

Speaking on the club’s official website, Alonso said: “I think we aren’t having the same luck as last year. Also, other teams have improved and maybe we don’t have the consistency we had last year. I think we aren’t having the same luck as last year. Also, other teams have improved and maybe we don’t have the consistency we had last year.”

The Three Lions already looking to the knockout stages

With the World Cup just a month away, there is no doubt that the preparations for each of the 32 countries that will be taking part have intensified. For the men who are in charge of this select group of nations, soon they will have arguably their toughest task to date.

That, of course, being the decision as to who will be named in each of their respective 23 man squads. One of those men at the helm is England manager Gareth Southgate, someone who also will be in charge in a major international tournament for the first time.

Marcos Alonso Admits Compatriot Wasn’t Happy After Spain Snub

Chelsea wingback Marcos Alonso has revealed that Alvaro Morata was not pleased after he was omitted from the Spain squad for their upcoming international friendlies against Germany and Argentina. The 25-year-old went through a tough period with the Blues owing to injuries and a loss of form, and this eventually hampered his chances of making Julen Lopetegui’s squad.

Speaking in a press conference, Alonso admitted that his compatriot was not impressed by the decision, but he is hopeful that the striker can turn it around with a rich vein of form for Chelsea in the tail-end of the season. Meanwhile, discussing about his maiden call-up to La Roja, Alonso stressed that he was never distracted by the international prospects, and it came as a pleasant surprise after he earned his due rewards.

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