Scolari warns Costa over Brazil call-up
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has reminded Diego Costa and everyone else that only he has the power to decide who plays for Brazil.
Atletico Madrid striker Costa has previously played two friendly games for the country of his birth, but has apparently decided to switch allegiance to Spain, with only a paperwork delay stopping the move going through ahead of the most recent World Cup qualifiers.
With the Brazilian FA reportedly keen to get La Liga’s current top-scorer to change his mind, it now looks like Costa himself can choose which country he wants to represent from here on.
However the 2002 World Cup-winning coach told Globoesporte, in comments picked up by AS, that only he got to choose who was in the next Selecao squad.
"Nobody can say if they will be called up or not," Scolari said. "I have the power and pick whoever I think I should pick. Me alone. And that is what I am thinking about doing."
Costa made two brief substitute appearances for Brazil in friendlies in March 2013, but is free to switch having not yet made a competitive international appearance for his home country.
Scolari added that he did not like the idea of a player who had represented Brazil later deciding to play for another country.
"A player who has played two friendlies with the Brazil national team cannot then play for another country," he said.