Former Chelsea player Craig Burley has blasted Jose Mourinho and called his digs towards Vicente Del Bosque and the Spain football federation hypocritical.
The Portuguese boss has openly criticised Spain's national side and their manager after Chelsea's star striker Diego Costa sustained injury whilst on international duty.
Costa lead the line twice in four days for Spain before returning to England with a groin complaint. He then missed four games for his club side, three of which Chelsea won, the other a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Mourinho claimed to be baffled as to why Del Bosque persisted on including Costa in his squad against Slovakia and Luxembourg when the forward was reportedly carrying a minor injury.
But Burley who made 113 appearances for Chelsea between 1989-1997, believes the current manager is a hypocrite because Costa has played three times in one week on more than one occasion for the Blues.
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The ESPN pundit said: "No, I'm sick to death of this constant sniping at the Spanish national team and Del Bosque in particular about the games that he has played, because he has played three games in a week for Chelsea recently so Mourinho's had ample opportunity to leave him out, it's hypocritical."
Del Bosque standing firm
Costa has since been called up to the national squad again for their November fixtures against Belarus and Germany. And the Spain manager stands by his decision to do so, saying he would have been pilloried had he not picked the 26-year-old.
"In some things we are very flexible and in others stubborn" said Del Bosque. "In this we are stubborn.
"I don't know if we are right or wrong, but if we hadn't called up Costa for the national team we'd definitely have been criticised for not having done so."
"I don't know if we are right or wrong, but if we hadn't called up Costa for the national team we'd definitely have been criticised for not having done so"
The prolific frontman has not played for Chelsea since scoring in their 2-0 win against Arsenal nearly a month ago, but is in line to return this weekend when his team host QPR.