'Injured' Diego Costa in Spain call-up
03 October 2014, 14:59
Madrid - Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called up striker Diego Costa for European Championship qualifying despite the fitness concerns of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Del Bosque included Diego Costa in Spain's 23-man squad for Euro 2016 qualifiers at Slovakia on Thursday and at Luxembourg on Oct. 12.
Mourinho had complained that his team's top scorer was being worn down by too many games for club and country.
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Del Bosque defended his selection, saying "we think he is fine and he is playing all his games, if we thought he wasn't in playing condition we wouldn't have forced him."
Del Bosque also included Bayern Munich left back Juan Bernat and Valencia forward Rodrigo Moreno in the squad for the first time as Spain continues its rejuvenation following World Cup disappointment.
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