Diego Costa looks set to start against England

Despite his extremely poor record for the Spain national team, Diego Costa looks set to start against England in one of the several friendly matches lined up for the former world champions ahead of the Euro 2016.

The Chelsea striker faced a lot of criticism for his poor performances at the World Cup 2014. In fact, he has managed only one goal in nine appearances for Spain. This has led to suggestions that Costa is the right fit for the national team and that manager Vicente del Bosque should look at options like Alvaro Morata, who have been in fine scoring form.

Costa came to prominence with regard to the national team when he was playing with Atletico Madrid. Even though the Brazil born striker has divided opinions about nationality, he impressed for the Spanish club during his spell at the Vicente Calderon. This form continued into the 2014-15 season after he helped Chelsea win the league title. The form at club level, in recent times, has not translated into form for the national team. The manager also expects United goalkeeper David De Gea to become one of the best in the business just like Iker Casillas, who is entering into the last couple of years of his excellent career.

“Our midfield is good on the ball, with players whose touch is good, so we need forwards who create space, who move, who commit defenders, occupy them, and Diego does that. How can Costa be harmful for us? We have him so he can get in behind, run channels, pull wide - he is not a problem for us.We’ve not had much luck with him but there’s nothing that goes against our style. Now we’re choosing between him, Morata and Paco Alcácer; in principle those are the three for the future,” said Vicente del Bosque.