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Thursday November 7 2013
Spain call up Diego Costa

Spain have included Diego Costa in their squad to face Equatorial Guinea and South Africa later this month.

For the trip out to the African continent for the fixtures scheduled on November 16 and 19, Vicente del Bosque has listed the Atletico Madrid striker, on from his decision to represent the Spanish over and above his country of birth, Brazil.

Alongside Costa in attack, Del Bosque has called Alvaro Negredo and Juan Mata, whilst Atleti teammate David Villa is also included. Roberto Soldado once more fails to make the cut.

Iker Casillas, Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina once more occupy the goalkeeping positions, whilst Inigo Martinez keeps his place, as does Juanfran Torres, Alberto Moreno and Nacho Monreal. Gerard Pique is not named.

Midfield welcomes back Javi Martinez, Santi Cazorla and Xabi Alonso after missing recent squads through injury, whilst Xavi Hernandez is a notable exclusion and Mario Suarez drops out.

Spain squad to face Equatorial Guinea and South Africa: Casillas, Reina, Valdés, Arbeloa, Albiol, Ramos, A. Moreno, Juanfran, Javi Martínez, Íñigo Martínez, Monreal, Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Koke, Iniesta, Cazorla, Cesc, Navas, Negredo, Pedro, Villa, Mata, Diego Costa

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