Spain call up Brazil-born Costa for Africa friendlies

Reuters, Thursday 7 Nov 2013

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called Atletico Madrid's Brazil-born forward Diego Costa into his squad for the first time for this month's friendlies away to Equatorial Guinea and South Africa

Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Athletic Bilbao during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao at the Calderon stadium in Madrid, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Costa scored once in Atletico Madrid's 2-0 victory. (Photo: AP)

Top scorer in La Liga this season with 13 goals in 12 appearances, Costa signed a formal letter last month stating his wish to play for adopted country Spain and ending a tug-of-war between the world and European champions and Brazil over the 25-year-old.

Tall and powerful in the air, Costa has excellent touch and vision and is a handful for defences who find it tough to cope with his physical approach.

He will give Del Bosque, who often plays without a traditional centre forward, an extra option up front as he prepares his side to defend their title at the World Cup finals in Brazil next year.

Spain announced their squad on their official Twitter feed. 

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