DIEGO COSTA OUT AS NOLITO CALLED UP FOR SPAIN SQUAD
The Blues forward has been left out due to a
one-game suspension, while the in-form Celta
man makes it into Vicente Del Bosque's squad
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has not been called
up to the Spain squad ahead of their upcoming
European qualifying matches, while Celta Vigo
star Nolito has made the cut.
Costa, who as not been in sparkling form for
Jose Mourinho's side this season, will miss the
Euro 2016 qualifying matches with Luxembourg
and Ukraine, but Nolito, who has been heavily
linked with a return to Barceolona recently, has
been given a chance by manager Vicente Del
The Roja coach pointed to the Chelsea striker's
one game suspension as a reason for his
omission from the squad.
"We'll count with Costa in the future, but he is
banned for one match," Del Bosque said.
Alvaro Morata replaces the naturalised striker,
capping off a good week for the Juventus
striker as he equalled Alessandro Del Piero's
record of scoring in five consecutive
Champions League games for the Old Lady in
the 2-0 win over Sevilla.
Elsewhere, there are returns for Thiago and
Bruno, though Andres Iniesta and Vitolo miss
out through injury, though the World Cup winning
coach faced questions on Koke's omission,
suggesting that the Atletico Madrid midfielder
has been left out so as not to aggravavate
"We hope Sergio Ramos to be in the best form.
If not, we'll look for solutions. Koke is not yet
totally fine, we didn't call him for security
reasons," the former Real Madrid manager
Del Bosque's squad go into the latest round of
qualifying fixtures with 21 points, two ahead of
Slovakia at the top of Euro 2016 qualifying Group
Goalkeepers : Iker Casillas (Porto), David De
Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla).
Defenders : Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Gerard
Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid),
Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Juanfran (Atletico
Madrid), Marc Bartra (Barcelona), IÃ±igo
MartÃnez (Athletic), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea).
Midfielders : Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Bruno
(Villarreal), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Isco (Real
Madrid), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Thiago (Bayern
Munich), Juan Mata (Manchester United).
Forwards: Nolito (Celta Vigo), Pedro
(Chelsea), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), David
Silva (Manchester City) and Paco Alcacer
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