Diego Costa omitted from Spain squad

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been omitted from Vicente Del Bosque's Spain squad ahead of their international dates against Belarus and Germany.

Costa has only recently returned for Chelsea due to injury and has since been at the centre of a club-vs-country row - initiated by Jose Mourinho.  And the Chelsea boss has repeatedly urged Del Bosque to overlook the 27-year-old so he can regain full fitness.


The former Atletico Madrid man returned from his last international duty with a hamstring injury and a virus, much to Mourinho's frustration.

But the La Roja manager reiterated that he would not be bullied into making decisions as he would have been criticised in Spain for leaving Costa out. That said, it appears he has finally bowed to Mourinho's wishes, with Álvaro Morata, José Callejón and Paco Alcácer picked ahead of Costa as the national side's forward options.


Juan Mata has also been left out of the 23-man squad. The midfielder played no part in the Manchester derby last Sunday, and has so far failed to cement a place in Louis van Gaal's first 11 this season.


However his Manchester United teammate David De Gea has been included, and is one of four representatives from the Premier League. Santi Cazorla, Cesar Azpilicueta and of course Cesc Fabregas have also been picked.


Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Kiko Casilla and David De Gea

Defenders: Juanfran, Azpilicueta, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Piqué, Raúl Albiol, Bartra, Jordi Alba and Juan Bernat

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Camacho, Koke, Cazorla, Cesc Fàbregas, Pedro, Raúl García, Nolito and Isco

Forwards: Álvaro Morata, José Callejón and Paco Alcácer

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