Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been recalled by Spain for the upcoming friendlies against England and Belgium.
Costa was omitted from Vicente del Bosque’s squad for Spain’s final two Euro 2016 qualifiers against Luxembourg and Ukraine last month as the defending European champions sealed their berth in France.
Costa was suspended for the Luxembourg match but, even though he would have been available to face Ukraine, Del Bosque opted not to call him up – with the coach denying any suggestion Costa was left out because he was serving a three-game domestic ban with Chelsea for violent conduct.
The 27-year-old forward has now been brought back into the fold, with Del Bosque including him in a 24-man squad to face England in Alicante on November 13 and Belgium four days later in Brussels.
The only uncapped player in the group is Sevilla’s Sergio Rico, who takes one of the three goalkeeping slots alongside Porto veteran Iker Casillas and Manchester United’s David de Gea.
Squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)
Defenders: Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Mario Gaspar (Villarreal)
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Juan Mata (Manchester United), Nolito (Celta Vigo)
Forwards: Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Pedro (Chelsea), Paco Alcacer (Valencia), Diego Costa (Chelsea)