Del Bosque open to Costa call-up
Spain pondering Diego Costa call-up
Vicente Del Bosque says he has not yet decided whether to call up Diego Costa to the Spain squad, but sees no problems at all in doing so.
Atletico Madrid striker Costa was capped twice by Brazil in friendly games in March, but after being left out of the squad for the summer’s Confederations Cup campaign he took Spanish citizenship in July. He is free to make the switch having not played a competitive game for his native country, and Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) officials have reportedly now submitted the required paperwork to FIFA.
Costa last week said he would find it hard to say no to a call-up to the Spain national squad, then went on to score the winner and give a man of the match performance in Atletico’s 1-0 derbi win at Real Madrid on Saturday evening.
The La Roja coach told TV show Tiki Taka he had not yet decided whether to include Costa in his his squad for Spain’s 2014 World Cup qualifiers at home to Belarus and Georgia in early October.
"We are naming the squad on Friday, and will include the best men for these games," Del Bosque said. "[Costa] has spent more than five years in Spain, been here since he was 18. So he has been ‘formed’ as a player here, but I do not know if all the paperwork has been done. The decision will be made for sporting reasons. If we call him up we are almost obliged to bring him to the World Cup. We are still letting it soak."
The former Real Madrid boss was full of praise for Costa’s recent performances for Los Colchoneros, but also pointed out the wealth of attacking options he had to choose from.
"He has played very well," Del Bosque said. "He is one of the architects of Atletico’s good form at the moment. But we have also Iago Aspas at Liverpool and Michu at Swansea, others at Manchester City [Alvaro Negredo] and Tottenham [Roberto Soldado]."
Costa’s aggressive style and sometimes petulant behaviour have made him unpopular with opponents at club level in La Liga, including Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos, but Del Bosque said such issues were not a concern for him.
"If there are problems they should stay on the pitch," he said. "That does not matter."