Vicente del Bosque has called up Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa to his Spanish side for the first time following the striker’s recent switch of allegiance from Brazil to Spain. The selection marks the end of the tussle between the two countries for Costa who has caused friction between the two confederations and fans of La Roja.
Despite having played two friendlies for the country of his birth, Costa was able to switch allegiance to Spain due to not having played a competitive match for Brazil. Del Bosque wanted to call-up Costa sooner, for the matches against Finland and Belarus in October, but the documents required for Costa to switch countries was not completed in time. Costa was then named in Brazil boss Luis Felipe Scolari’s squad for games against Honduras and Chile but the striker rejected the offer.
Costa was finally named in Spain’s squad for the first time for the upcoming friendlies with Guinea and South Africa which has pleased del Bosque.
“He is playing very well and he will only add to the squad. We met him personally and he gave us a tremendous feeling. I am sure he can play with David Villa as they do already at club level”.
Costa will become the fifth Brazilian-born player to represent Spain, following in the footsteps of Marcos Senna who won Euro 2008 with La Roja. His form has been incredible of late and a call-up to two of world football’s premier sides proves that. Costa currently leads the Pichichi ahead of Messi and Ronaldo with 13 goals in 12 games as Atletico sit second behind Barcelona in La Liga.
Whilst del Bosque is happy to name Costa in his squad it does cause a striking pile-up ahead of the World Cup with so many options available. Costa’s inclusion has pushed Fernando Torres out of the team, though the Chelsea man is struggling with injury according to Jose Mourinho.
Spain’s first choice of late has been Alvaro Negredo due to his form for club and country but the Manchester City man has said that he does not feel threatened by Costa. Negredo has been named in VDB’s squad alongside Costa’s teammate David Villa, who has been linking up well with his club strike partner this season.
Roberto Soldado and Michu have been named in Spain’s squads of late but find themselves way down in the pecking order following Costa’s nationalisation. Pedro too could see his playing time limited with Costa in the squad but could be content with a spot on the wing instead.
Del Bosque will have to make an enormous decision concerning his strikers this summer and will surely have to leave one world class striker behind.
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