Del Bosque defends barren Costa

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has claimed that Diego Costa “did well and matched the level asked of him by England” in Friday’s friendly.

The Chelsea striker has now gone 10 games without scoring for La Roja after failing to find the back of the net in the opening hour of his country’s 2-0 victory over the Three Lions, but the Coach’s faith in the player remains intact.

“[David de Gea] will play next Tuesday in Brussels,” he said after the game.

“[Costa] did well and matched the level asked of him by England, who are a strong and powerful team.

“Our intention is to distribute minutes in Brussels. I think it strengthens the team.

“Thiago [Alcantara] was removed as a precaution. He’ll have tests [on Saturday] to see how he is.

“We’re very pleased with Nolito and Mario [Gaspar], who has scored in the last two games. They played well and were profound in their impacts.

“It’s a prestigious result against a powerful and strong team, who constantly threatened us.

“We should be proud [of Iker Casillas]. His name is at the forefront [of Spanish football] due to the fantastic career he’s had.

“[On the shootings in Paris], I’m sad about what is happening in France.”

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