Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fàbregas has been answering some questions about a potential comeback in the Spanish national side ahead of the upcoming World Cup in Russia this year, specifically talking about his personal hopes and aspirations regarding such a possible scenario which would see him join his fellow countrymen battle for silverware.
“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.”
“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. 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 [Alonso], 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?”
While it's unfortunately debatable whether any of the players mentioned will get a starting spot in a currently strong Spain side, it seems even less probable that Fàbregas will ultimately get a call simply due to the national team being especially stacked in his position, both quality- and quantity-wise. Cesc is undeniably an important player in Conte's system, but even he's not been able to come near his heights of past form this season, which makes any potential call up even less likely.
Add to this that the Spaniard's last appearance in a red shirt is as far back as June 2016, namely against an Italy side coached by a certain Antonio Conte during the European Cup in France. As such, a possible scenario of Chelsea's number 4 unexpectedly getting a call from Julen Lopetegui, Spain's current coach, is as likely as a cold hell.
However, Fàbregas is a true professional (if he's not throwing pizza at Alex Ferguson) and is therefore aware that the most important matter at this point in time is one thing, and one thing only: Chelsea.
“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.”
-Cesc Fàbregas; source: Goal.com
Keeping our battle for a spot in the top 4 and a possible piece of silverware in form of the FA Cup in mind, Chelsea can only profit from a Cesc Fàbregas who's out to prove his worth and put in some good displays in order to draw attention to himself.
Good luck, Mr. Magic Hat!