Continuing with yesterday's summary of those who are joining up with their national teams next week, we now know about the remainder of Chelsea's players receiving call ups. Without further ado, let's get this party started!
OFFICIAL | @SeFutbol squad named for games with @DFB_Team_EN and @Argentinahttps://t.co/HeocnEptDB pic.twitter.com/MUweYmg9OB— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) March 16, 2018
It's finally happened! Marcos Alonso has been deservedly called up by Julen Lopetegui and will be joining César Azpilicueta in Spain's training camp next week. We're proud of you, Marcos! Unfortunately, Álvaro Morata, Cesc Fàbregas and Pedro have been staring at their phones to no avail and have been overlooked; this, however, shouldn't be something that surprises us too much as Pedro's been largely out of form this season and Fabregas hasn't received a call-up since 2016. I'm sure I don't need to elaborate on why Morata's been left out as his recent displays are reason enough for being dropped. In any case, let's hope Alonso hits the ground running and both Chelsea defenders see some minutes!
Spain will be playing against Germany and Argentina on March 23 and 27, respectively.
#REDTOGETHER— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) March 16, 2018
Our squad list for the friendly vs @SaudiFF !
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In less obvious news, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, and on loan Michy Batshuayi have been included in Belgium's squad once more, all three representing recurring figures in Roberto Martinez's side. Here's hoping that Courtois gets to work extensively on those low balls in training while putting in extra shifts on the training ground.
Belgium will be playing against Saudi Arabia on March 27.
Unser Kader für und . #GERESP #GERBRA #DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/UYi8NWMtZM— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) March 16, 2018
Recently nominated for the German Football Ambassador award, Antonio Rüdiger has now also been rewarded for his largely good performances this season by getting a call from Joachim Löw and will be fighting for that third centre-back spot behind Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng (maybe even for a starting one, may I dare to say?).
Germany will be playing against Spain and Brazil on March 23 and 27, respectively.
We still don't know about the Italian roster, though this only really concerns Davide Zappacosta who may or may not get a call. Ad lib, I'd say there's a 50-50 chance of it happening but as Italy didn't qualify for the World Cup it's very well possible that they might experiment quite a bit in preparation for future qualifiers.
I already stated it yesterday but being the superstitious bloke I am, I'm going to say it again: please, please, pleaaase oh God of Friendlies, don't let any of our players get injured, we beg of you!