Antonio Conte's Chelsea have been knocked out of the UCL by FC Barcelona as their focus is now on their next game against Leicester. Gary Cahill and Alvaro Morata have been dropped by the English and Spanish national teams as they haven't been playing well for Chelsea of late.
Morata was left out of Lopetegui's 24-man party for this month's friendlies against Germany and Argentina, with his Chelsea team-mate Marcos Alonso among three uncapped players included.
'I understand it is a hard time but there is only one way, to work hard and show that you deserve to play [for the national team].
Morata and Cahill were both left out of their respective worldwide sides, after not featuring regularly for Chelsea in the league.
Cahill and Morata were both dropped from England and Spain's last squads before the World Cup this week, having both been reduced to limited game time recently. To show that they deserve to go. "This list is down to form, injuries and us wanting to see other players".
Regarding Morata specifically, Lopetegui added at a press conference in quotes reported by the Spanish press: "Morata is somebody who has nearly always been included".
"Zidane will continue at Real Madrid because he has the backing of the players and the club, I am very clear that the day he leaves will only be because he wants to leave".
"This is not the final squad for the World Cup".
"Tomorrow is not the World Cup, there are players that are not included but have their chances intact as is the case with the players included", said Lopetegui, as cited by Marca.
Morata, who is yet to score this year, had been bothered by a back problem.
"Diego is back with us because he has returned to play but this does not guarantee him a [World Cup] place", Lopetegui said.
Conte also shrugged off fears the likes of Eden Hazard could leave if Chelsea fail to qualify for the Champions League, saying: "Don't forget that two years ago Chelsea finished 10th".