Alves to ask Costa to pick Brazil

Dani Alves has been deputised by Brazil Coach Felipe Scolari to ask Diego Costa to reconsider his decision to represent Spain.

Costa, born in Brazil, has stated his desire to play for La Roja but AS reports Scolari has sent Alves to convince Costa to play for the South Americans at this summer’s World Cup.

Scolari is said to be concerned about a lack of options in attack and Costa, with 26 goals in 29 games this season, would go a long way towards easing the Coach’s worries.

But Costa as recently as this week re-iterated his intention to play for his adopted country.

“I hope Vicente Del Bosque includes me in the list on Friday to play for Spain against Italy,” Costa is quoted as having said on Monday.

Costa has appeared for Brazil but only in friendlies, and so could switch his allegiance to Spain.

Scolari left Costa out of the squad for 2013’s Confederations Cup while Del Bosque did include Costa in the Spain squad for a friendly with Equatorial Guinea, only for injury to force the forward’s withdrawal.

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