I have faith in Diego Costa - Del Bosque

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Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says he “trusts”

Diego Costa and still wants the Chelsea striker to be

involved with the national team.

Del Bosque omitted the controversial Costa from

his squad for the recent Euro 2016 qualifiers with

Luxembourg and Ukraine and claimed the striker’s

actions against Arsenal were”unedifying”.

Costa, 26, was banned for three games last month

after he was involved in an incident with Arsenal

pair Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel, in which the

later was subsequently sent off.

Del Bosque pointed to the fact that Costa was

suspended against Luxembourg anyway after being

booked against Macedonia and that was the reason

why Costa was replaced by Alvaro Moratta in the

recent squad.

But despite leaving Costa on the sidelines Del

Bosque is not ready to give up on the Chelsea man,

who has scored just one goal in nine appearances

for Spain.

“We have seen Diego Costa improve and he has no

consequences from the injuries which held him

back,” Del Bosque told Al Primer Toque radio show.

“We trust in him and he can bring a lot for us. He is

the first one who wants to be with us, and wants to

do well. It is a position with a lot competition —

together with Morata, Alcacer, [Roberto] Soldado,

[Fernando] Llorente, [Alvaro] Negredo, and

[Fernando] Torres, who has more than 100 caps.”

Spain face England in a friendly in Alicante on

Friday, November 13 with Belgium the likely

opponents, yet to be confirmed, on Tuesday,

November 17.



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