Morata eager for Spain call

Juventus striker Alvaro Morata has wished his former Spain Under-21 teammates well in the senior side and confirmed he is eager to join them.

Morata will be part of the Rojita side that plays Serbia in a play-off for the European Under-21 Championships, to be held next year in the Czech Republic.

The likes of Paco Alcacer and Rodrigo Moreno have progressed to the senior squad for the current round of internationals and Morata admits that is his goal too.

“I’ve spoken to them, congratulated them, and I’m very happy for them,” he told Marca.

“If I ever get that call, I’d be happy. When you start in the Under-16s and come across players in the seniors, you think you can hopefully wear that shirt.

“I’m getting closer and hopefully one day it happens.”

Morata is closing in on Rodrigo’s Under-21 goals record but insists he is more focused on helping the team succeed than personal landmarks.

“Clearly this is something to dream about but I’m not looking at it all the time,” he continued.

“That would be very selfish towards my teammates. The best thing would be to qualify and if we can win to get to another Euros that would be amazing.

“If we win and I score it would be a double joy but the important thing is to qualify. The team always comes first.

“First we have to qualify. To win another Golden Boot would be awesome but I would swap the Golden Boot for winning the tournament. Undoubtedly.”

Morata is expected to team up with Munir El Haddadi against Serbia, the first time the pair will play together.

“We have several friends in common, I’ve talked with him and I think he’s a great kid,” Morata said of the Barcelona forward.

“I think he’s playing very well, making the most of his time and the opportunity he has at Barca and I think he has the chance to play here and score goals.

“He’s at a great level and he debuted with the seniors because he deserved it.”

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