‘Costa still part of Spain’s plans’

Vicente del Bosque has insisted that Diego Costa remains an important player for Spain, despite his omission from the Coach's latest squad.

The Chelsea striker would have been suspended for the first of two Euro 2016 qualifiers against Luxembourg next Friday but available once more for the trip to Ukraine the following Monday, yet the veteran trainer opted to look elsewhere for attacking options.

“Diego Costa is part of our future plans but suspended for a match,” he said a Press conference following the squad announcement.

“We hope Sergio Ramos will be in his best shape. If not, we'll seek [alternative] solutions.

“Koke's still unfit, so we haven't brought him in as a precaution.

“[On the lack of left-backs], [Nacho] Monreal, [Alberto] Moreno and Marcos Alonso are doing well and alternatives to our [existing] left-sided options.

“Nolito's always in our minds, but we can't call everyone up.

“We still have our trust in Sergio Rico. I didn't find any grounds to stop him from being called up.”

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