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Spain boss Del Bosque explains Diego Costa call-up

Vicente Del Bosque Spain

Spain have called up Chelsea striker Diego Costa against the wishes of boss Jose Mourinho.

Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque decided to call up striker Diego Costa against the wishes of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

The Brazilian-born striker has been in excellent form for the Blues this season, notching eight Premier League goals in just six appearances.

It’s easy to see why Mourinho is cautious as his star players are to be whisked away on international duty next week, but the case of Diego Costa is more intriguing than the rest.

The 25-year-old has had a number of problems with injuries over the past 12 months, leading to the striker missing out on both Atletico Madrid’s last-day La Liga title victory and the Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.

There is still doubts over his fitness, and Mourinho has done his utmost to convince the Spanish Football Federation that his leading scorer isn’t fit enough to play three games in a week - despite his recent run of games with the Stamford Bridge outfit.

Spain boss Del Bosque, however, feels the striker can play and explained to the Spanish press his decision to call him up for Euro 2016 qualifying games against Slovakia and Macedonia.

"If we have called him up it is because we believe he is fit to play. If we see that is not the case we will not risk him, as has always been the case with all our players." He said, quoted by Spanish newspaper AS.

Despite his inclusion, Del Bosque then went on to say that Costa will be given a thorough medical exam prior to a possible starting berth and that they won’t risk him if they feel he’s not ready.

"We always take into account the physical condition of our players. We don't risk anybody and we have never forced anyone to play. They play only if they have given the all-clear by the medical staff."

The Blues striker made his Spain debut in the 1-0 victory over Italy in March, yet he is still looking for his first goal after drawing blanks in his five appearances to date.

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