Diego Costa pledges future to Spain over Brazil

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

overall.

The World Cup champions can qualify for next year’s tournament

in Brazil with victories against Belarus and Georgia next week.