Alvaro Morata has responded to his absence ​from Julen Lopetegui's Spain squad by wishing his international teammates the best of luck in this summer's tournament - a move colloquially known as the 'Reverse Wilshere'.


In a post on Twitter after ​Lopetegui's 23-man World Cup squad was announced on Monday afternoon, the ​Chelsea man said: "Lots of luck in the World Cup! Since I will be supporting and encouraging to the end as always!"

Meanwhile, former Real Madrid star Michel - who played over 400 ​La Liga games for Los Blancos and was capped 66 times by Spain - has questioned Morata's decision to ditch Madrid for London last summer. 


A drop in form since an impressive start has seen the 25-year-old lose his place to January signing Olivier Giroud in places, making his omission from Spain's squad more or less a no-brainer. 


Quoted by ​Marca this week, Michel said: "I don't know why he left, if it was because he wanted to play more, if it was because he wanted a better contract and because he wanted to play in the English league.

"At the end of the day he is in a similar situation as to when he was at ​Real Madrid, he will know personally why he took the decision. I'm of those who think that if you're at Real Madrid the best thing is to not leave but I don't know what his thinking is."


He added: "He's playing less at Chelsea, [Olivier] Giroud is playing more. The most informed one on this is the coach and he knows exactly why he took one decision of another. He's a good player but any of them are too. It's a sensitive decision, if you made a list of 50 then number 51 and 52 would miss out too, you have to accept it, respect it and support it."

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