Diego Costa given first Brazil call-up

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been named in the Brazil squad for the friendlies against Italy and Russia.

The 24-year-old has impressed this season, scoring 13 in all competitions for Diego Simeone's side.

And as such, Selecao Coach Luis Felipe Scolari has rewarded the forward with his first call-up to the national team.

Barcelona's Dani Alves and Real Madrid pair Marcelo and Kaka are the other La Liga-based players in the squad.

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar, Diego Cavalieri

Defenders: Dani Alves, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Dede, Dante, David Luiz, Thiago Silva

Midfielders: Hernanes, Fernando, Kaka, Lucas Moura, Luis Gustavo, Oscar, Paulinho, Ramires, Jean

Forwards: Neymar, Hulk, Diego Costa 

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