Cesc Fabregas Won’t Throw In The Towel On His World Cup Hopes

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has yet to give up on the prospect of making Spain’s squad for the summer World Cup. The 30-year-old is presently La Roja’s eighth most-capped player in history, but he has been involved with the setup since their poor defence of the European Championship during the summer of 2016.

In an interview with Goal.com, Fabregas stressed that he has yet to give up on a potential comeback into Julen Lopetegui’s squad, and he is hoping that his experience playing at the biggest stage could earn him, prior to the country’s departure to Russia, he said:“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. 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.”

Fabregas has been with the Spain national side since the tender age of 18, and he happened to play an influential role in the Euro 2008 triumph, which was the nation’s first major title in over 40 years. This was followed with the World Cup success in 2010, where he provided the match-winning assist for Andres Iniesta. La Roja continued to retain their Euro title in 2012, but not much has since gone right for their players.

After disappointing results in the 2014 World Cup and the European Championship two years later, the country have gone through a major transition phase, which has left several favourites including Juan Mata out of the Lopetegui’s squad.