Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa says his international
allegiance belongs to Spain, not his native Brazil.
The Spanish football federation says Costa, who is of Brazilian
origin but also a Spanish national, had ”verbally manifested his
intention of playing with the national team” to coach Vicente del
Bosque on Thursday.
The RFEF said in a statement on its website that Costa will not
be selected by Del Bosque for upcoming World Cup qualifying games,
however, since the paperwork was not ready.
The in-form Atletico striker has been the standout player for
the Spanish league co-leaders, with eight goals in seven games
The World Cup champions can qualify for next year’s tournament
in Brazil with victories against Belarus and Georgia next week.