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Scolari to pick Costa for friendlies

Diego da Silva Costa, Atletico Madrid
Diego Costa has to decide whether to play for Brazil or Spain.
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP)

Luiz Felipe Scolari says he will pick Diego Costa for Brazil's national team next week, leaving it up to the player to decide whether he will play for his native country or world champion Spain.

Diego Costa holds a Spanish passport and said he would be willing to play for Spain.

Scolari had been making it clear that he had the right to pick Diego Costa, and late Wednesday he confirmed to Globo TV that he will include the striker in the squad that will play friendlies against Chile and Honduras in November.

Scolari said the Brazilian football federation has already advised FIFA of its intention to use Diego Costa. He said he wants to summon him to better ''analyze'' the player.

Diego Costa was picked for Brazil for friendlies in March, but he still allowed to join Spain because they were not considered official matches.

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