November 8, 2019 / 12:04 PM / a month ago

Morata recalled to Spain squad, Ansu Fati and Ceballos miss out

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain have recalled Alvaro Morata for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Malta and Romania after the striker scored five times in his last five games for Atletico Madrid.

Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Atletico Madrid v Real Valladolid - Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain - April 27, 2019 Atletico Madrid's Alvaro Morata in action REUTERS/Juan Medina

Spain, who have already qualified for next year’s championship, need to avoid defeat in one of their two remaining games in order to progress as Group F winners.

There was a maiden call up for Dani Olmo, however Barcelona’s Ansu Fati and Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos missed out.

Zagreb forward Olmo, who was a key part of the Spain Under-21 side that won this year’s European Championship, has impressed for the Croatian side in the Champions League this season.

The squad contains just five players from Spain’s so-called ‘big three’ sides — Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

Manchester City midfielder Rodri, who has not played since Oct. 22 due to a hamstring problem, is included while Barcelona’s Jordi Alba misses out through injury.

There is also no place for Barca team mate Fati.

The 17-year-old forward was granted Spanish citizenship in September before making his Under-21 debut last month. He is expected to be named by Luis de la Fuente in the U-21 squad later on Friday.

Spain host Malta on Nov. 15 and Romania three days later.

Spain squad in full:

Goalkeepers: David de Gea (Manchester United), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea), Pau Lopez (Roma)

Defenders: Jose Gaya (Valencia), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Inigo Martinez (Athletic), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Juan Bernat (PSG), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Jesus Navas (Sevilla)

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri (Manchester City), Thiago (Bayern), Saul Niguez (Atletico), Fabian Ruiz (Napoli), Santi Cazorla (Villarreal)

Forwards: Rodrigo (Valencia), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Paco Alcacer (Borussia Dortmund), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Alvaro Morata (Atletico), Dani Olmo (Dinamo Zagreb)

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