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Javi Martinez: Spain boss Julen Lopetegui hasn't explained squad snub to me

Javi Martinez: Spain boss Julen Lopetegui hasn't explained squad snub to me
From ESPN - March 21, 2018

Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez has told ESPN FC that Spain national team coach Julen Lopetegui has not told him why he was not selected for the friendlies against Germany and Argentina later this month.

Martinez, 29, won the World Cup in 2010 and Euro 2012 with Spain and was also in the 2014 World Cup squad, but he missed Euro 2016 with knee and ankle injuries.

And while he has won 18 caps, he has not featured for the national team since the last World Cup and has not spoken to Lopetegui about his snub since the squad for the friendlies was named last week.

When asked by ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein if he has been contacted by Lopetegui, Martinez said: "No, no, no. He never called me or said nothing about it."

Lopetegui selected a number of players in the squad for the first time, including Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso, and Martinez said he hopes to prove to the coach that he is still worthy of being included when the World Cup begins in Russia in June.

"I know it's very difficult to get in the national team," Martinez said. "There are such good players there. It's very difficult.

"Of course, I worked very hard to try to go there. I want to keep working hard. It's true that here, a lot of people asked me -- are surprised about why I am not going on, but I think I have to work. I do not give up and I keep working to try to reach the goal."

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