Chelsea Star Diego Costa Dropped From Spain Squad For Euro 2016 Qualifier

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The striker is left out by del Bosque.

Despite having been in fine form for Chelsea since his £32m summer transfer from Atletico Madrid, Diego Costa has been left out of the recent Spain squad by manager Vicente del Bosque.

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Costa has scored seven Premier League goals for the Blues since arriving from the Vicente Calderon Stadium and has been an instant hit in English football after helping Atleti to La Liga glory last season.

The Brazilian born striker has only recently converted his nationality to Spanish having previously earned two caps in friendlies for the Samba Boys.

Due to the time the 26-year-old spent in Madrid and the fact he hadn’t played a competitive match for Brazil, Costa was granted permission to change his allegiance in 2013.

This grated on some people who considered the decision somewhat mercenary and since the change the forward has earned six caps for his new country and scored just the one goal.

There was controversy during the last international break when manager Jose Mourinho claimed that Costa had returned from his time with del Bosque’s side with an injury.

The Spaniards said this was untrue and since then a club v country feud has started, mainly fueled by Mourinho’s comments to the press.

Whether this has played a part in the decision to drop Costa entirely is unclear, but with Juventus’ Alvaro Morata and Paco Alcacer of Valencia the only other out-and-out strikers in del Bosque’s 23-man squad, it does seem odd the star of Stamford Bridge has not also been named.

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