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No Diego Costa for Spain

Published:Saturday | October 3, 2015 | 10:01 AM
Chelsea's Diego Costa

MADRID (AP):

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque yesterday left Diego Costa out of the squad for the team's last two qualifying matches for next year's European Championship.

Costa has a one-match suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards and was not eligible for the first game against Luxembourg on October 9.

Del Bosque said, "We have preferred not to include him" just for the second match against Ukraine.

"He's not playing badly," Del Bosque said of Costa, adding that Spain would "count on him in the future, if everything goes normally".

Costa is also serving a three-match ban in England for violent conduct during Chelsea's 2-0 win over Arsenal after putting his hands in the face of defender Laurent Koscielny.

"I did not like what I saw," Del Bosque said of that incident. "I did not like what he (Costa) did, of course not."

With AndrÈs Iniesta and Jorge "Koke" ResurrecciÛn out injured, Del Bosque included Thiago Alcantara, Bruno Soriano, Inigo MartÌnez, Manuel "Nolito" Agudo, and Alvaro Morata in the squad.

Chelsea forward Pedro Rodriguez is included to bolster Spain's attack.

Goalkeeper Iker Casillas is also in the squad, alongside Manchester's David De Gea and Sergio Rico of Sevilla.

Spain top Group C and can clinch qualification with a win against Luxembourg.

Spain:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (FC Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla).

Defenders: Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Juanfran Torres (AtlÈtico Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad).

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Isco Alarcon (Real Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), David Silva (Manchester City), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Juan Mata (Manchester United), Bruno Soriano (Villarreal).

Forwards: Pedro Rodriguez (Chelsea), Paco Alcacer (Valencia), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Manuel "Nolito" Agudo (Celta Vigo).