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Brilliant for Spain, Isco finds himself in limbo at Real Madrid

Spain showed why it is one of the favorites to win the World Cup when it tied Germany, 1-1, in an exciting friendly played in Dusseldorf and demolished Argentina, 6-1, in Madrid.Only a world-class save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen denied Spaniard Isco against Germany, but he scored a hat trick against Argentina.

The 25-year-old Isco has emerged as the go-to attacker for Spain under Julen Lopetegui , who had him with the U-21s before he succeeded Vicente del Bosque as the national team coach in 2016.

La Roja is going to the World Cup thanks to a 3-0 win over Italy in the deciding Group G match in which Isco scored a pair of goals, the first on a free kick.

But Isco is no longer an automatic choice of Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, where he has started just six of 14 La Liga games in 2018 and played just nine minutes off the bench in the second leg of the series sweep against Paris St. Germain in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

Isco did not dress in the 3-0 win at Las Palmas on Saturday and is not assured of starting when Real Madrid faces Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Asked about Isco's situation on Monday, Zidane said, "For me, there are no first choice players or substitutes.

"Isco is an important player for the national team," he told Radio Marca between the two friendlies.

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