Vicente Del Bosque announced his squad today for Spain‘s friendly against Italy in March. There were some surprises in the lineup including the addition of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa. Costa has been making headlines as of late by helping Atletico stay at the top of the La Liga table with his impressive goals.
Costa is originally of Brazilian nationality, but was granted Spanish citizenship last September. He did have two appearances with Brazil but mentioned wanting to represent Spain. I’m not sure if he wished to play with the defending champions, or if he just realized Brazil had no room for him. The reason is not important, but I think he’d be a better fit with the Spanish team because he plays with their players during league and Champions League play.
Spain answered his call by adding him to the squad while leaving out others like Juan Mata and Fernando Torres. I don’t think the call-up for squads are truly defining of what the World Cup squads will be. They are used to gauge the players’ ability and team chemistry, but I don’t think leaving off Mata and Torres is a sign. However, adding Costa to the lineup is a definite sign of interest.
Costa is only 25-years old, but he is already an incredible player. Atletico is the perfect stage for him to show his talents, and I am glad Del Bosque noticed him. He’ll be a great addition to the lineup for Spain if they choose to keep him on the squad.