Diego Costa called up for Spain
Brazilian Atletico Madrid forward (25) has declared his wish to play for his adopted country
Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa has been called up to the Spain squad. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters
Top scorer in La Liga this season with 13 goals in 12 appearances, Costa signed a formal letter last month stating his wish to play for adopted country Spain and ending a tug-of-war between the world and European champions and Brazil over the 25-year-old.
Tall and powerful in the air, Costa has excellent touch and vision and is a handful for defences who find it tough to cope with his physical approach.
He will give Del Bosque, who often plays without a traditional centre forward, an extra option up front as he prepares his side to defend their title at the World Cup finals in Brazil next year.
Goalkeepers: Casillas, Reina, Valdés
Defenders: Arbeloa, Albiol, Ramos, A. Moreno, Juanfran, Javi Martínez, Íñigo Martínez, Monreal
Midfielders: Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Koke, Iniesta, Cazorla, Cesc, Navas, Mata
Forwards: Negredo, Pedro, Villa, Diego Costa