Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been dropped from the Spain squad ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifying fixtures against Luxembourg and Ukraine.
As reported by the Mirror, the enigmatic Brazilian-born striker hasn't been included in Vicente Del Bosque's squad following his role in the sending off of Arsenal defender Gabriel in last month's Premier League fixture.
Costa was handed a retrospective three-game ban after the controversy and he's now set to suffer on the international scene.
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After picking up too many bookings throughout the qualifying campaign, the forward wouldn't have been available for selection against Luxembourg anyway, but he will now have to sit out both fixtures.
On top of that, Del Bosque has criticised the Chelsea striker, admitting that he 'didn't like what he did' during the showdown with Arsenal.
“What he did was unedifying, and that is why he was punished,” said Del Bosque.
“Of course, I didn’t like what he did.
“He can’t play the first game through suspension and we’ve decided not to bring him. He hasn’t played badly and it’s not on merit.”
Ultimately, something must click for Costa: he can't continue to be embroiled in controversy week in, week out. Comfortably one of the most talented and feared strikers in the division, the former Atletico Madrid man has so much to give, but he can't do that sitting on the sidelines.
This weekend will see him serve the final game of his domestic ban, so it's crucial that he returns ready to prove his credentials.
Eight points behind league leaders Manchester United, Chelsea need Costa to get back to his best sooner rather than later. It's set to be a huge few months for the striker, who most definitely won't want to miss out on a place in the Spain squad for Euro 2016.
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