Diego Costa's international future to be resolved imminently

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Millions of boys across the world dream of being called up by their country to play at a World Cup, but Diego Costa has the pleasure of having two nations desperate to draft him in.

The Atletico Madrid striker is being chased by Brazil, where he was born, and Spain, for whom he qualifies through residency.

World Cup hosts or World Cup reigning champions. Tough choice, right?

That's the decision facing Diego Costa, and Spain manager Vicente del Bosque expects an announcement to be made soon.

Speaking to Spanish television station, TVE, del Bosque said: "We are going to have a conversation with him. He's expressed his desire to us and he's in a difficult situation because Brazil also want him and he has to decide. In the next few weeks he will decide."

The striker has been in sensational form so far this season, netting 10 times in just eight La Liga appearances, including the only goal in September's Madrid derby, and would surely be a welcome addition to any team in the world.

However, there has been talk that, by calling up Costa, del Bosque would be delivering a metaphorical slap in the face to his existing strike force - which includes the likes of Fernando Torres, David Villa, Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Negredo.

The World Cup winning manager refuted these suggestions, saying: "Some people talk about other players and say that by picking Diego Costa we're belittling them.

"Every time we name a squad we are belittling someone, because there are a lot of players who could be in there.

"You cannot make a list that satisfies everyone."

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